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Danielle - A Survivor's Story

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
Danielle poses with her son, Dylan, on the first day of school.

As part of Hockey Fights Cancer, the New York Islanders are giving voice to you. If you, or a loved one has been impacted by cancer, we encourage you to share your story. Please send along submissions to Ann.Rina@newyorkislanders.com. Today, Matt shares a story about his wife, Danielle. 

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in February at the age of 39, my wife Danielle endured a double mastectomy, grueling treatments and reconstruction surgeries throughout the spring and summer. She still has a few procedures ahead of her but the most important thing is that she’s in remission and entirely cancer free.

Prior to Danielle's diagnosis we were planning to move out of the New York area, but we've since put those plans on hold. While disappointing, the upside is that we have at least one more season of having the Islanders nearby... even if they're a little less nearby than they used to be.

Danielle is now cancer-free because of a fantastic team of doctors, nurses, and medical professionals. This would have likely not been the case had she put off going for that first routine mammogram when her doctor recommended it, which so many women do. Hopefully sharing Danielle's story can inspire young women to go for a mammogram a few years earlier than they otherwise would.

Thanks to you and the Islanders organization for supporting those whose lives have been impacted by cancer.

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