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HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER: YOUR STORY

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
By Pete Potocki, father of Danny Potocki


In 1992, two weeks prior to Christmas, our four-and-a-half-year-old son Danny was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. Danny was then taken to Memorial Hospital in NYC for treatment and became part of a clinical trial to combat his illness.

Left: Danny when he was 5-years-old on his Make-A-Wish trip to Disneyworld after recovering from a rare form of Leukemia. Right: Danny, now 22-years-old, is a senior at the Pratt Institute majoring in fine arts.
Throughout his ordeal, our community rallied to our families support through what started at first as a blood drive that grew to fundraising to help offset expenses and provide emotional support.

Danny's treatment was successful and today the clinical trial he participated in is the standard treatment for Acute Promyeolcytic Leukemia. Plus, the fundraising efforts at that time progressed to help other families with catastrophic illnesses and bear his name: The Danny Fund (thedannyfund.org).

As a youth, Danny loved hockey and played goalie for Pelham's youth hockey team for three years.

Today, Danny is 22 and a senior at the Pratt Institute as a fine arts major. He is due to graduate this year.

Our family, from Danny's soon to be 84-year-old grandfather to his eight-year-old sister, are Islanders fans. We deeply appreciate the Islanders and the NHL's efforts to fight cancer. Thank you.

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