IRVINE, Calif. -- As part of Hockey Fights Cancer Month, two special guests attended Ducks practice on Monday, Nov. 11 at Great Park Ice in Irvine. Stephen Bundy and Ashley Longobardi are both diehard Ducks fans who have battled cancer. After watching practice in the stands, Bundy and Longobardi - both wearing lavender Ducks Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys - were invited into the locker room where they met the players and head coach Dallas Eakins.
Bundy, 31, "rang the bell" earlier in the morning, a significant moment signaling the end of his radiation treatment. As a former Jr. Duck, Bundy says one of his favorite memories was getting the chance to play a game at Honda Center. Earlier this year, Bundy started to have tingling pain on one side of his body. After a couple weeks of tests, doctors found an aggressive tumor on his brain stem. After a week or so of determining whether or not it was worth the risk to have a procedure to remove the tumor based on its location, doctors said they had no other choice but to operate. He underwent an eight-hour surgery to remove the tumor, fighting for his life. After waking up from surgery, he miraculously was able to wiggle his toes and fingers, and had vision and hearing. Bundy took his first step two days after surgery. He's had a long road to recovery with radiation/chemotherapy treatment, culminating with his final treatment today before practice.
Longobardi, 33, was diagnosed with cancer (Acute myelogenous leukemia and myeloid sarcoma) a year and two days after giving birth to a baby boy on March 16, 2018. She's spent 75 percent of the time in the hospital, the majority of it away from her son. Longobardi had a bone marrow transplant a little over a moth ago. As her body recovers from the bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy, Longobardi continues to be heavily monitored. A diehard Ducks fan, Longobardi has traveled to road games in the past and asks for a room at UCI that faces Honda Center.