St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz never did get an opportunity to visit the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Conn., where his older sister starred for the women's hockey team for three seasons.
That was before she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in December 2008. Mandi Schwartz lost her 27-month battle with cancer in April 2011; she passed away in the presence of family and friends, including her mother Carol, father Rick, and brothers Jaden and Rylan.
"Mandi never gave up," Jaden said of his sister. "She inspired me a lot and I learned a lot from her. Before she got sick, I wasn't really aware of cancer or knew a lot about it, but when something like that happens you learn a lot and want to do things to help whenever you can."