Fenov Pierre-Louis is only a teenager, but has been dealing with cancer for over seven years. That's nearly half a lifetime for the Roselle, NJ, native, but he knows he's not in the struggle alone. He has his family and friends in his corner.
He has Anders Lee and the New York Islanders behind him, as well.
Pierre-Louis was on hand at Anders Lee's Kancer Jam on Saturday afternoon, a Kan Jam tournament held at Barclays Center featuring Lee and his Islanders teammates.
"Seeing all these people come out and not only to support people like me, but just the cause of eradicating cancer in general it means a lot," he said. "It really means so much, especially having cancer and struggling through it."
The well-spoken and upbeat teenager may not see the money personally, but kids like him will benefit from the money donated to research and finding a cure. As of Saturday afternoon, the frisbee fundraiser raised over $90K for Cohen Children's Medical Center focusing on pediatric cancer.
"We had our goals at the beginning of it… but honestly where we are today with how much money we've raised, the turnout you can't ask for anything more," Lee said.
"It's awesome," Travis Hamonic said. "That's the most important thing. You raise nearly $100K and that's going to go to good use."
The Islanders paired off with lucky fans at the Kan Jam tournament, teaming up to toss frisbees and knock them into the open cans. Lee brought a few sets for the team to practice on after workouts, but the accessibility of the Kan Jam tournament was part of its appeal. Their partners ranged from little kids to some older sharpshooters, the only requirement being that they raised at least $2,000. Seeing how much Islanders fans contributed to the cause was special for Lee.
"It shows how good of a community we have and the relationship we have with our fans that jumped on board to fundraise and get behind this cause," Lee said.
Lee was a busy man at his event, playing (he and Brock Nelson lost out to John Tavares and Scott Mayfield in the player's tournament), speaking to the media and making sure everything went off smoothly.
He had the support of his teammates, who helped him publicize the event with promo videos, and social media posts and of course, by donating their time on Saturday after a game.
"It speaks volumes to the type of guys that are in the locker room," Lee said. "This isn't something that's asked of - an obligation from the team, this is completely voluntary thing by these guys and it's awesome."
They had fun with it too. Jason Chimera hit a game-winning shot and ran across the court to jump into Andrew Ladd's arms, screaming out "We won! We won!" absorbing all the attention in the room.
That's all Lee could really ask for on Saturday, a lot of money raised for a good cause and everyone having a good time doing it.
"You always walk away from these kind of events feeling so much better about giving your time."