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Steelheads honour and lend support to 13-year old Reese Meyer’s off ice battle

It was an emotional night at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre on Sunday afternoon when the hockey club hosted their Superhero game; playing for much more than two points.

This past November, the Meyer family had their lives turned upside down. One day after school, 13-year old Reese Meyer collapsed with symptoms similar to a stroke. They quickly rushed him to emergency where he was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour. Since then, Reese has undergone several surgeries and is currently undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatment. Through this horrible experience the family has shown incredible strength and hope for their son.

Being the fighter that he is, Reese worked daily with physiotherapists at Princess Margaret to regain strength in his limbs with the ultimate goal of walking out to centre ice for puck drop at the Steelheads game. On January 26th, he did just that. When his name was called and he began walking along the red carpet, accompanied by his parents, Jennifer and Glenn and his sister Avalon, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house or a single person remaining in their seats. 

After a lengthy standing ovation, volunteers from the Caledon Hawks organization, Katrien Mooney and Sabrina Velo alongside Owner and President of the Mississauga Steelheads Elliott Kerr joined the Meyer family for a special cheque presentation.

When hearing of Reese’s story back in November, Elliott Kerr reached out to Katrien to find out how the Steelheads could support the family and the two groups decided on a ticket fundraiser. The dedication and hardwork of Katrien and her group of volunteers resulted in over 1,300 tickets being sold by the group and a donation of $25,000 to the Meyer family. 

Following powerful words from Katrien Mooney and Glenn Meyer, Reese took the microphone.  “I’m not used to being centre of attention but I appreciate how much my family and their friends have been watching over my mom, my dad, my sister, Avalon and me,” he said. “I promise to keep fighting the only way I know how — like a Hawk.”

As Reese walked off the ice, Steelheads players gathered on either side of the carpet, offering their appreciation and support for his continued battle.

The scene at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre was surreal. Consistent cheers of “GO REESE GO” echoed throughout the arena, and jerseys and signs showing support for their fellow Hawk painted the building. The Steelheads also hung a superhero jersey with Meyer’s number 3 behind the bench, a gesture that the Caledon East team made at hockey tournaments to honour Reese in his fight.

The script could not have been written better to cap off the afternoon as the Steelheads overcame a three-goal deficit to win in overtime. As the three stars were announced, it was Reese Meyer that would receive the honorary first star. Players Cole Schwindt and Keean Washkurak made a gesture of their own, bringing out Reese’s jersey that had been hung behind the bench, holding it high for the crowd and the Meyer family.

The fundraising isn’t over as the jerseys worn by the Steelheads for the Superhero Game are available for auction with proceeds supporting the Reese Meyer Family at this difficult time. To place a bid please click here.

Through this difficult time the Steelheads would like to offer the Meyer family and all the Caledon Hawks their support through this fight. This one’s for you Reese.

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