BROSSARD - Max Domi stayed at the Bell Sports Complex a bit later than his teammates after practice on Friday, gathering members of the media and the community to announce the launch of the Max Domi Fund for Type 1 Diabetes in support of Canadians living with the condition.
The goals of the fund will be three-fold: to focus on supporting youth living with type 1 diabetes (T1D); to explore how to help those living with T1D struggling with mental health; and to ensure all Canadians living with T1D have access to life-saving technology.
Domi - who acts as an ambassador for JDRF, the leading global organization funding T1D research - hopes to use his example of turning a challenge into something positive, and hopes that his fund's focus on mental health can do the same for other T1D patients, both young and old.
"You can't take a second off, and it's it's draining on you. But that's why you have to have a team around you. You lean on people - whether it's your doctors, nurses, classmates, teammates, teachers, whatever it might be. Those are the people that get you through those times," shared Domi, who currently leads the Canadiens with 10 points (3G, 7A) in 10 games. "And you develop a team just like anyone in life; you have people to support you lean on when you're in tough times. That's how you get through it."
The Habs forward is publishing a book, No Days Off, which chronicles his life with the disease and journey to the NHL and is scheduled for release on Tuesday. On November 10, the Canadiens will be hosting a book signing at Tricolore Sports in the Bell Centre, with a portion of proceeds from the sales that day to be donated to the fund. (For more info on how to get tickets, click here.)
In fact, November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and Domi will be using a specially-designed Bauer stick throughout the month and plans on holding giveaways, contests, and auctions that will also be used to raise money for his fund.
Domi's efforts have already started reaping rewards, as members of the Amato family were on hand to present him with a $10,000 cheque for his fund.
When speaking to reporters, Domi took time to reflect on what his plans would be should he make the big show, and it's clear with the launch of his fund that he's followed through in a big way.
"If I get to that level of performance and get to stand on that stage, and have that kind of leverage and that voice, I'm going to try and make the most of it with that," Domi recalled of his mindset while coming up. "That's what I'm doing with type one diabetes.
"I've just chosen to make the most of it by making a difference in a community that obviously means a lot to me and that I can relate to, and that's the type one diabetes community. I want to make a difference and help these kids out and help their parents and help their friends out," concluded Domi. "That's why I'm here."
For more information on the Max Domi Fund for Type 1 Diabetes, click here and here.
For more information on JDRF, click here.
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