Read: Anders Lee in the Players' Tribune
New York Islanders' winger. Notre Dame grad. Pediatric cancer fundraiser. There are many things you can call Anders Lee.
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Lee published an article for The Players' Tribune on Wednesday morning, detailing his friendship with Fenov Pierre-Louis, a 16-year-old battling stage IV neuroblastoma.
"I was excited to tell it. Fenov has been an inspiration to me and a lot of people and kind of at the center of how all of this started," Lee said. "I wanted to give him props for being such an incredible person."
Pierre-Louis was the inspiration for Lee to host the Anders Lee Kancer Jam, an event that raised over $100K. Lee writes how he's in awe of Pierre-Louis' spirit and toughness through years of intense cancer treatments and how it's put his own life into perspective.
"I wanted to really share the experience I've had with Fenov and shine a light on a kid who's overcome a lot of adversity and who's just really been an inspiration," Lee said. "I wanted to get that out there and kind of give a little bit of background on some of the Kan Jam work we've done."
The Players' Tribune's national platform also expands the reach for Lee's cause, with links to donate to pediatric cancer. All funds go to the Cohen Children's Medical Center.
Video: Anders Lee meets young fan battling pediatric cancer
For the winger who has potted a career-high 28 goals this season, penning the story put Lee's hands to a different use. He's the second current Islander to write in The Players' Tribune this season, following up Jaroslav Halak's World Cup of Hockey piece.
"You have to write in school, but in that kind of form I hadn't written much at all," Lee said. "Definitely new for me and plenty of editing going on, but it was something fun.