Throughout the month of October, the New York Islanders are encouraging fans to stand up in the fight against cancer. Today, the club would like to share a recent letter about a loyal fan who lost his battle with this horrible disease over the offseason.
I am writing about my dear friend from High School and fellow teammate for 25 years, Andre Janiak, who in the beginning of the summer was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon and Liver Cancer. Andre, who was a long time Isles fan, passed away on September 25, just a week before the 2013-2014 season. During his short battle with his illness he found strength while seeing small children fight the same disease. He told his family, "I'm amazed on how strong and positive these little kids are and I can't complain." They were an inspiration to him. Andre was 39 and married to his soul mate Sandra.
In memory to a great brother #19 "DRE LOVER".....I'm going to miss u man, on and off the ice..
-Enzo and the whole Nugget crew