FAIRBANKS-Alaska defenseman Justin Woods, from Fairbanks, will miss the 2014-2015 season after being diagnosed on May 7 with Ewing's Sarcoma which is a rare kind of bone cancer. Woods starts his nine months of chemotherapy this Thursday at Seattle Children's Hospital.
In a press release on alaskananooks.com Woods said,"although I am missing the 2014-15 season, I am very lucky for this to have been caught early.
My doctor promised that I would play hockey again, so I am holding on to that with my life while going through this long process of treatments."
Head Coach Dallas Ferguson also commented.
"Although this is a battle he has not seen before, I know he will have the same determined approach to successfully complete his treatments. Our focus will be in supporting Justin and his family any way we can to ensure he returns to Fairbanks healthy."
Woods, a former Fairbanks Ice Dogs and Lincoln Stars player, appeared in 33 games for the Nanooks in his rookie season and had 36 blocks. He got his first multi-point game in game one against UAA in the first round of the WCHA playoffs.
Woods is not alone. Drew Brown, of Providence Hockey, has also been diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma which was made known last week.
There has been an outpouring of support both locally and from the college hockey world. ESPN's John Bucigross tweeted that he will be donating to Justin Woods through hockey charities.
You can help Justin too. Below is a link to Justin's Go Fundme page. He also has an account set up for donations through Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union. His $20,000 goal is for expenses.
JUSTIN WOODS GO FUNDME--http://www.gofundme.com/9edvas