Mary Strine AKA “Slap Shot Mary” and Her Diagnosis
Mary was diagnosed with Stage 3A invasive lobular carcinoma on February 3, 2021, after an original diagnosis of Stage 2A in December 2020. On January 20, 2021, she had a lumpectomy with axillary node removal where they removed 10 of the 40 nodes via an axillary dissection. Following her pathology results after surgery, it was determined that she will need to have chemotherapy for a minimum of five months, followed by radiation for five days a week for five weeks. She will also require PT during her treatments and hormone therapy for 5-10 years.
Mary and Our Hockey Community
Over the years Mary has played an integral role in our hockey community, especially as a coach for the Colorado Ice Wizards – a special hockey team for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities; she helps kids learn to skate at the YMCA in Lafayette, and has volunteered for the Colorado Sled Hockey Program and NSCD try sled hockey/Break the Ice clinics. Mary also plays defence for the DWHL and for tournament teams including Socially Awkward/The Pylons, as well as putting on the stripes to keep us all in check.
Mary’s Giving Nature and Outgoing Personality
Even in all the chaos of being recently diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, Mary’s first thoughts pointed to how she could help children. She decided to take the inevitable chemo hair loss into her own hands and will be cutting her headful of wild, beautiful hair off before starting chemo in the beginning of March. She will be donating it to Children with Hair Loss.
That’s who Mary is. She is always willing to turn lemons into lemonade and give back to her community, even when she is dealing with her own health issues.
With high insurance deductibles, co-pays, expensive medications and treatments, and her long treatment road, we hope you can help us support our LEGO building, fun loving, full of childlike wonder friend.
Please join Dawg Nation in rallying to help Mary. Through your generous donation today we can provide “Slap Shot Mary” hope through her fight.
Or mail check to:Dawg Nation Hockey Foundation
PO Box 182
Indian Hills, CO 80454
Dawg Nation will collect all funds donated and determine the final amount provided to the recipient. Dawg Nation cannot guarantee that the full amount of your donation will reach the recipient. That said, Dawg Nation has historically provided final amounts to recipients in excess of the total amount of funds collected.