A Top Ten Tuesday With Only One

For starters, yes it’s a Tuesday morning and there has been a lot going on in the world of sport. However, this week instead of a countdown of the top stories I want to share just one but it’s a BIG one!

I don’t want to lie to you, this perhaps has been one of the hardest stories I have ever written. In trying to strike a balance between family, emotion and privacy I have batted around these words in my brain for a number of days.

At this time of year with hockey play-offs in full gear you often hear analysts and coaches talk about not wanting to, “leave anything in the tank.” That expression has been put in perspective thanks to a conversation that I had last week.

As many in Saskatoon are aware former Moose Jaw Warrior and University of Saskatchewan Huskie Right-Winger Cody Smuk is in the fight of life. Cody is currently in Germany battling cancer. Just over a year ago Smuk was diagnosed with an aggressive form of testicular cancer that also identified a tumor in his lungs.

Smuk has undergone aggressive chemotherapy, unfortunately, it has not altered the composition of the tumor in his lung and therefore he has had to seek alternate forms of treatment. That treatment has taken him to Germany where he is undergoing vaccine therapy and doctors there are planning to take a biopsy of the mass in his lung to determine a further course of action.

I have had the opportunity to interact with Cody a handful of times in my work with the Western Hockey League and the University of Saskatchewan Huskie hockey program. In my limited interactions he was always willing to give a moment of his time with thoughtful and insightful responses not to mention a welcoming smile and handshake.

Last week I spoke with Cody’s grandmother and his situation really hit home. Of course, his family is worried about his well-being and are holding out hope that this new treatment will prove to be a turning point. However, the strain of being away from home and family was evident in her voice. Additionally, the cost of this treatment and follow-up appointments (in Vancouver) is staggering, nearly a quarter-of-a-million dollars to start. To put it into perspective Cody and his family are liquidating their assets in hopes of getting “Smuk’d to cancer.” So not only do they need to focus on his health but also what is next in terms of cost. Hearing of those considerations really struck a cord and hearing the emotion in her voice put things into perspective.

We can find out more about Cody’s journey and help the family financially as a Go-Fund-Me page has been set up.
For full details and to join Cody’s please consider clicking here.

Let’s tell cancer to Get Smuk’d.