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What makes DAWG Nation Hockey Foundation different as a charity is our direct help. Below are our active fundraising efforts. You can learn the backstory behind the person or person(s) your donation is helping.

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Indian Hills, CO 80454

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A BELOVED MEMBER OF EVERY TEAM

Sarah is a Coloradoan through and through. She started playing hockey in 2018 and fell in love with the game. Throughout the years, she’s played in several leagues, and is a beloved member of every team she’s been on. She is an incredible teammate and even better friend. Sarah is the first person to step up when someone is in need and is always there to help others by supporting them financially and emotionally and in any other way that’s needed. Now, she needs our help. 

IN A FIGHT FOR HER LIFE

Sarah was diagnosed in February of this year with pancreatic cancer and is now undergoing aggressive chemotherapy. She is in the fight of her life. Medical costs have been substantial, and she is now on long term disability at work, further impacting her and her partner’s financial viability.  Despite the major challenges that she faces, her attitude and positivity are truly one in a million. Please help us help her by lightening the financial burden that she faces in the weeks and months ahead. 

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Tammy-Meier

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HOCKEY MOM

Tammy is a lifetime hockey mom to two sons, Dylan (Augsburg University) and Matthew (Bowling Green University), whom she painstakingly taught to skate and has always encouraged to follow their hockey aspirations. As a dedicated parent, she made countless trips to practices and games throughout the country and to Canada to watch her two sons play youth travel hockey and eventually junior and college hockey. She also took on multiple stints as a hockey mom to three high school aged billet sons (can you say sainthood?). Suffice to say, Tammy has dedicated an enormous amount of her life to the great sport of hockey and in supporting her sons’ dreams.

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Tammy was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer in February of 2021. Tammy was selected to be a 2021 Dawg Bowl recipient. This financial assistance allowed her to receive treatment that had her cancer trending in the right direction. She said, “I probably would not be here today still fighting right now after Covid if it wasn’t for the treatments I was able to pursue due to the generosity of Dawg Nation and all the hockey community.” Unfortunately, during this downward trend in Tammy’s cancer markers, she was infected with Covid. The inflammation caused by the virus resulted in a recurrence of the cancer. She was moved to hospice until she connected with a specialist in Atlanta who has given new hope to the situation and believes that a different set of treatments may be successful. Tammy is out of hospice, on a new chemo regimen, and is using a Thermofield machine – a new, innovative, noninvasive therapeutic tool which weakens cancer cells. Two months of treatment are around $42,000.

HOPE IS ON THE WAY WITH YOUR HELP

These new treatments prescribed to Tammy are still being developed and are considered “experimental” by insurance, meaning that they will not be covered. The Dawg Nation family is still fighting for Tammy and her family as they continue this battle with cancer. Hope is not experimental to DAWG Nation. We know first hand how your love and support creates more of it. We hope you consider making a donation to Dawg Nation in effort to assist with her recovery.

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Your donation will help Tammy Meier, who DAWG Nation has selected as a grant recipient from its charitable class. Your contribution is made with the understanding that DAWG Nation has complete control and administration over the use of all donated funds in pursuit of its charitable purposes and in support of its charitable class.

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A HOCKEY FAMILY

Julie and her family have a long hockey history in Colorado Springs. Julie’s husband John and his sister Jeanne grew up playing youth hockey at the Air Force Academy, and John would go on to play hockey at St. Mary’s High School. John has also played in numerous adult hockey leagues in Denver and Colorado Springs. Julie’s son Hayden also played in the CSAHA league at the Air Force Academy and was coached by his dad. Hayden is now a senior at Liberty High School in Colorado Springs and has been a member of the Lancers hockey team for the past four years. Julie’s daughter is a sophomore at Liberty.

THE DIAGNOSIS

Julie has stage IV gallbladder cancer that has spread to her liver. Starting last July Julie has had a major liver resection surgery followed by 5 rounds of chemotherapy. In late January of this year the doctors found spots on her liver and the biopsy confirmed the cancer had spread. A genetic test on the biopsy revealed that Julie has the HER2+ gene (very common with breast cancer). Based on the HER2+ gene Julie has, her oncologist in Colorado recommended doing a targeted chemo drug combo that has had some promising results in clinical trials with gallbladder cancer. While this treatment is standard for breast cancer HER2, it is still deemed experimental for gallbladder cancer and Julie’s insurance denied coverage for the treatment.

THE ROAD AHEAD

Julie was able to get a grant from the drug makers to cover the cost of the drugs for her treatment, but she still has to pay the hospital facility fee of approximately $3000 every three weeks for the administration of the drugs. She has received the first two treatments but has thirteen more to go. The promising news is that her doctor said her response to the drugs has been remarkable and only seen in 17% of patients. In addition to the drug treatments, Julie has started alternative cancer therapy in Mexico at the Oasis of Hope hospital in Tijuana which consists of three weeks at the clinic in Mexico (which Julie has completed), followed by three months of at-home therapy, and then one week follow up visits every three month’s depending on Julie’s condition. Unfortunately, this is also not covered by insurance. 

A POSSIBLE PATH COMPLETE REMISSION

With the two courses of treatments together, Julie’s doctors in the US and Mexico feel that Julie has a much better prognosis and the possibility of another liver surgery that could put her in complete remission. Obviously, the costs of Julie’s fight against cancer are adding up quickly. But she’s a fighter and meeting this battle head on!

Please join DAWG Nation in rallying to help Julie and her family. We can lift some of the burden through your generous donation today.

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A FELLOW GOALIE DISPLACED

Crissa Doeppke, nominated by fellow goalie Hilary McNeish, has become displaced from her house due an explosion next door causing damage to Chrissa’s house. Crissa stated, “Well, on top of all the devastation I’m already dealing with, on Thursday I found out that I’m out of pocket almost fifty thousand dollars, most of which is to remove the remains of my former neighbor’s house from my property. Then I discovered yesterday that my garage was robbed. They ransacked it and took some power tools and hockey gear. I just feel like I’m bleeding out, and there are vastly more people there to strip my bones than to try to stem the flow.” Well, hockey world, can WE stem the flow?

NEIGHBORS EXPRESSED CONCERN

The story was coverd by 9news and can be followed here:

https://www.9news.com/article/news/local/prior-concerns-knox-court-westminster-explosion/73-98a9acd2-9491-4b05-b5c4-5f95ba0018e2?fbclid=IwAR37YW_mf3ZN36xTW8NMQ32HsZJW_-NPVZIde2Qm4A66ee_wtzB0Auf4iyQ

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ABOVE AND BEYOND ON AND OFF THE ICE

Becky Gartman-Schlei, aka Hawk, has been involved with the hockey community since 2014. A co-worker of hers from the Coalition for the Denver Rescue Mission played hockey and asked if she wanted to learn. She borrowed equipment from the DWHL for a year and fell in love with the game. She never looked back. She eventually served as VP for 2 years and President for a year of DWHL. Most recently Hawk has been playing for the Hoodrats in WACH and the Pigeons in the south suburban league. She has also taken up refereeing for the DWHL (which has made her a better one-legged skater). She has been a big supporter of DAWG Nation and instrumental in helping to get other members of the hockey community the help that they need. Hawk is an integral part on any team she plays for. She brings a certain charisma to each team, and you can’t help but smile when you watch her play. She is always encouraging and brings a constant positivity to the rink. Hawk always goes above and beyond both on and off the ice.

A HISTORY OF SERVING OTHERS

Becky has worked for Denver Health as a physician assistant since 2015 and prior to that she worked as a PA at the Coalition for the Homeless/Denver Rescue Mission. Her community presence started even earlier than that. She worked at a youth correctional facility, a clinic for the elderly and even spent time as an EMT on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Her experience in healthcare definitely carried over into hockey. If there was an injury during game, no matter which team, Hawk was first on the ice to check them out. Even in this past WACH State tournament, Hawk came out to cheer on her team despite just finishing a week of chemo. One of our players went down and Hawk immediately started making her way down to the locker room. Even though she was exhausted she still wanted to be there for her team.

NEVER REALLY OFF

Police and Fire have a saying that even when you are off duty you are never really off. This goes for Becky! Becky was out to dinner with friends and she noticed a person being escorted into the restaurant who appeared to be injured. Becky got up and said “I’ll be right back” and proceeded to follow the employees to check on the woman. A few minutes later Becky returned saying she was going to take the woman to urgent care to get stitches as she was from out of town and didn’t know anyone here. When Becky returned to the restaurant she decided to order the woman some dinner since she missed out and we could drop it to her at the urgent care. Above and beyond, quintessential Becky.

OUR TURN TO GIVE BACK

Hawk was diagnosed at the end of 2021 with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She is currently undergoing chemo and hopefully with good scans will be done with treatment soon. We are in constant awe of her as she played several games on the off weeks of her chemo. A true inspiration. Hawk and her partner, Shannon Walsh aka Walshie, have handled this difficult situation with such grace and humility that even being honored by DAWG Nation, they will say someone else is more deserving. The two of them have given so much to the hockey community time and time again. Now it is our time to give back to them.

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A PROUD MEMBER OF THE COLORADO HOCKEY COMMUNITY

Dan Grady must have played too much hockey through the years because he basically tore up and wore out his left hip and had to get it replaced. After 20 plus years playing hockey in the Denver area, Dan sits patiently on the bench waiting to get back into the action. Dan has been a long-time supporter of DAWG Nation and is proud to be a part of the Colorado hockey family.

HOCKEY CREATES LIFE LONG FRIENDS

Dan moved to Denver from Seattle in 2000 and has been part of the Denver hockey scene since. He has played in many leagues at Family Sport Center, RMHL, and the SDOHL, most recently on the Bushwackers and Clockwork Orange. Some seasons were championship seasons while many others not so much, but it has been a fantastic experience. Dan has met many lifelong friends through hockey and that is truly the main reason he has enjoyed playing. For many years he played on multiple teams, so he never got involved in tournaments until he participated in the DAWG Bowl. “Wow, what an experience!” Dan said of the DAWG Bowl. “The entire hockey community comes together to celebrate the sport and each other. Nothing compares to the DAWG Bowl!”

LOOKING FORWARD TO RETURNING TO THE ICE

Dan was laid off during Covid and lost his insurance while dealing with his hip diagnosis and doctor bills. Dan found a new job with a high deductible insurance plan but had to wait a painful year to get the surgery. He is thankful for employment, friends and family, and renewed health through his hip replacement. He has been hobbling around for a couple of months but would like to get back on the ice as soon as possible to get reunited with his buddies. We look forward to his return and our collective efforts can help ease the financial burden of his recovery. 

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LONG TIME SUPPORTER

Keith Young, a longtime supporter of the DAWG Nation folks and cause, recently had a season ending surgical procedure done to hopefully fix, once and for all, a spinal disc issue that had simply degenerated to the point where medical assistance was required. Not a whole lot of fun, but was necessary to continue the journey towards getting his name on another beer league Cup!

A LONG TIME CAPTAIN

Keith has been around the Denver local hockey scene for several years, going all the back to 2004 when he relocated here from the DC-Baltimore area. He has been on and has captained several local league teams in various leagues. Most recently, Keith wore the C for Clockwork Orange in the West Denver Hockey League (an over 40 competitive league run by Joe Mahoney) and of course the Bushwhackers (an upper level over 40 league at the RMHL), and has also captained numerous tournament teams as well.

A COLLISION BRINGS THE ORANGE AND DAWGS TOGETHER

Keith’s connection with DAWG Nation goes all the back to being a captain/skater in the very first DAWG Bowl, and he has been involved in every single one since then! Sadly, that run comes to a screeching halt this year, due to the surgery! Again, it was needed so he can jump back on the ice come winter season! Funny story is the initial damage was actually from an on-ice collision with another DAWG, while competing against them as the captain of Clockwork Orange two years ago. That same DAWG player then ended up being drafted by the Orange the very next season! According to Keith, “Yes he was made to provide numerous frosty libations for the ‘incident’!”

THE HEALING PROCESS

Keith continues to heal well and be in less pain every day. Even during his recovery, Keith has continued to come out and cheer on his team and visit the opposing team’s locker room to have a beer and offer his congratulations. Recently, he was also nominated for the Jack Kelly Sportsmanship Trophy, an award for Playing Hard, Playing Fair, Being Humble in Victory, Gracious in Defeat, and Giving Back to your community. Help us ease the financial pain of this recovery with a donation today.

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AN UNWELCOME DIAGNOSIS RETURNS

Justin was recently diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia affecting his spleen. This is the second time in his life to have cancer. The first time was when he was 4. Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, “J Wall” overcame leukemia in his childhood and found hockey. He fell in love with the sport and played for Arvada Youth Hockey, Denver Pioneers Youth Hockey, and the Omaha Jr Lancers AA.

PLAYER TURNED COACH

Justin has been coaching since he was nineteen years old. He is described as a loud and passionate coach, one that knows a lot about the game and gets kids to care about the systems he is teaching. More importantly, he gets kids to fall in love with the sport. He is often described by former players as one of their favorites. His coaching included two NHLers, Brandon Carlo and Jaccob Slavin, as well as the first AAA National Championship out of Colorado with the 2010 U16 Thunderbirds.

CURRENTLY UNDERGOING TREATMENT

This energetic and passionate coach has been slowed down by this cancer diagnosis. His legs and feet swell after an 8-hour day. This has caused his spleen to become enlarged from his blood working against different cells. Despite that, he, his brother, Tanner and mom, Delinda maintain a positive spirit. Unfortunately, the family just got the results from the PET CT scan. His cancer has returned after 40 years of being cancer free. Justin will be starting a round of chemo in hopes to decrease the size of the spleen, and not need surgery. 

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An Unwelcome Diagnosis

Robb Olexin, a longtime supporter of DAWG Nation Hockey Foundation and a pillar in the hockey community, was recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and is fortunate to be receiving the best care possible through the Mayo Clinic, only an hour away from his home. Robb is currently on a leave of absence from work at Becker Arena Products. His benefits are assisting with his medical costs; however, the long-term impact will require financial assistance. While the long-term outlook is unknown, we all know that Robb is a fighter and let’s show him he is not alone. Please join us in this private fundraising opportunity to assist with his long-term medical expenses and some of the cost for his family and close friends, both near and far, to visit and assist with his care.

Part of the Becker Family

Robb is a special person at Becker Arena Products in terms of his personal approach outside of the daily business grind. He is a person who places others before himself and does not like to draw attention to himself. He is often volunteering his time to work with organizations and with people who are in need and less fortunate. Robb is a very giving person who does not want to let people down.

Part of the DAWG Nation Hockey Foundation Family

Robb and Becker Arena Products have been working with DAWG Nation Hockey Foundation for years in planning a potential ice arena designed for everyone. Robb has been involved in the project and donated many hours of his personal time as well his heart and soul to the Foundation as a true supporter. Robb is a close friend of the entire DAWG Nation Hockey Foundation Team and is an incredible ambassador of the organization. He never hesitates to offer his assistance in any way, like when he flew out to Colorado for the DAWG Nation Hockey Foundation Winter Classic Pond Hockey Tournament presented by DREP. The tournament needed a seasoned Zamboni driver and Robb was on a plane to save the day, helping to make the event a rousing success.

Your donation will help Robb Olexin, who DAWG Nation Hockey Foundation has selected as a grant recipient from its charitable class. Your contribution is made with the understanding that DAWG Nation Hockey Foundation has complete control and administration over the use of all donated funds in pursuit of its charitable purposes and in support of its charitable class.

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A PEACEFUL PASSING

 The family Steve Terlecki is saddened to share news of the passing of Steve who died peacefully on March 4th, 2022, having fought pancreatic cancer most of the past year.

AN AVID OUTDOORSMAN

After moving to Colorado in late 1978, he and wife Barbara, started a family, and enjoyed living in Colorado to the fullest. Steve was always active playing hockey, hiking, backpacking, elk hunting or skiing. He summitted all of Colorado’s 14’ners, hiked the full length of the Colorado trail and did numerous cross-country ski and snowshoe trips into the back country.

HOCKEY FOR LIFE UNTIL THE END

When not outdoors, he could be found at a local ice rink playing hockey with the “old guys” throwing in regular advice (frequently called coaching). Steve started playing hockey on the outdoor ponds around his home in Chicago. In college and when moving to a new city, he always found drop-ins or teams to play with, usually 2-3 nights a week. The sport, the comradery including the post-game beer drinking were cherished by him. Only his illness stopped him from playing. The last teams he skated for were Last Gasp, Inferno, and GeriHatricks. His hockey friends were his rock, frequently stopping by to support him in his last days and weeks.

A GEOLOGIST BY TRAINING

Steve was a petroleum geologist by training and worked for or consulted with many companies in Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas. Geology had been his calling from a young age. He volunteered to share his knowledge with kids at local schools and boy scouts, spending time in the summers at Philmont Boy Scout Ranch as a Geology counselor.

GREAT JOY IN FAMILY

Steve found great joy in family, especially the grand kids. He loved to brag about their adventures and achievements. Steve is survived by his wife, Barbara, daughters Meredith and Jessica, son Ted, five grandchildren and sister Mary. Services will be held Tuesday, March 29th at 2:00 pm at Horan & McConaty, 3101 South Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood, CO 80227.

DAWG NATION IS HONORED

In lieu of flowers, Steve requested you consider a donation to DAWG Nation Hocky Foundation. We at DAWG Nation are so honored that Steve and Barbara would consider us to receive these donations. How incredible that you are Steve help the next hockey family in crisis.

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ONE FAMILY AT A TIME

Unfortunately, so many are stuck in Ukraine, but with your help we can help provide for the travel costs and short term emergency needs of this family by helping Dima help his family. While there are so many things unfolding that we can’t control and paralyze us with horror and dismay, we can help Dima.

A UKRAINIAN FAMILY IN CRISIS

Dima’s dad and grandparents are currently living in Ukraine. As we have all seen, Russia has declared war on Ukraine and Dima’s country is currently under attack. His father is stuck there, as no man 18-60 is allowed to leave because of the Marshal Law. His mother attempted to flee Ukraine and successfully made it to Poland after a five hour train ride, walking for nine hours from Lviv to the border and standing on Poland’s border for seven hours. She was picked up by his brother’s friends in Poland and driven three hours to Krakow. In Krakow, his mom’s credit card didn’t work, so a good samartitan paid for her stay in the hotel. She stayed in the hotel for nine hours, and then took the flight to Chicago for ten hours.

DIMA’S MOM REUNITED WITH SONS

Dima and his brother picked her up at 7:45 pm in Chicago on the 28th of February. They got back to Lebanon, IL at 2:00 am on March 1st. What a harrowing journey for Dima’s mother. At this time of course, his parents are not able to work. This is and the travel expenses have created an unexpected financial burden on my family. His dad currently is located in his family home in Ukraine hiding in the basement. His grandparents are doing the same in their house in Ukraine as well. His other grandma is unable to leave the bed and is under the care of a nurse nanny.

HOCKEY BRINGS A NATIVE OF UKRAINE TO THE US

Dmytro (Dima) Golovko is a native of Kyiv, Ukraine. Dima started playing hockey for the local Kyiv club, “HK Kryzhynka” at age of 10 years old. After successfully being drafted as the number one player for special National Ukrainian Hockey Team. In 2014, he came to the US and played for the Hollydell Hurricanes, a AA club team in New Jersey. At the same time, he went to Gloucester Catholic High School, which had both a JV and Varsity team. He played in both.

MOST SEASONS PLAYED IN THE ACHA

After the season was over he moved to Washington State and played for “Compete Hockey Academy”, AAA/Prep level hockey. In 2015, Dima was invited to play in USPHL U-18 Premier in Massachusetts for the Islanders Hockey Club. Finally, In 2016, he started playing for the McKendree University D2 Hockey team. He just finished playing for them two weeks after his senior night. Dima played for six years for Mckendree University, for which he holds the record for the most seasons ever played in ACHA.

FROM PLAYING TO COACHING

Dima coaches many kids from the local hockey club “Southern Illinois Icehawks”. He is also included in many learn to skate programs, learn to play, power skating, and hockey skills programs. In addition, he is currently an assistant coach to the O’Fallon Varsity High School team. As if this weren’t enough, this young man is also in charge of MVCHA (the Mckendree Metro Rec Plex) and he runs the Grumpy Old Man league and Mid-America Hockey League at the McKendree Metro Rec Plex. Of course school is a high priority as well and DIma will finish his MBA in Corporate Financing in May.

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RALLY AT THE BLACKBIRD

WIth the help of Garrett Ladd, all of Dave’s teammates, family, friends, and supporters are invited to the Blackbird Public House on Tuesday, March 8 to cheer on Dave and the Avs. The Avs take on the New Jersey Devils at 5:00pm. Gathering begins at 4:30pm. If we can meet our financial goal quickly, we might even be able to break out the big check! DAWG Nation will double any donation up to $5,000. Garrett and the the Blackbird will also kick back 15% of food and beverage from our rally night to support Dave. Great food, beer, the Avs and GIVING BACK…

A TRIP TO THE ICU

Dave sustained a head injury during an Over 40 hockey game. He went into the net awkwardly and hit the goal post with his head. His teammates watched him carefully after the game and determined he was in a lot of pain, and had an ambulance called for him. He spent a couple nights in the Intensive Care Unit due to a bruised brain and bleeding and a week in the hospital overall. The medical team advised him to stay home from work for at least a month.

ALWAYS A GENTLEMAN

Dave recently reurned to the ice after recovering from hip surgery and was so excited to re-join his Apex over 40 hockey team. Dave is described as a great guy, so positive, and a treasure to have sitting on the bench next to you. Whether you are playing with him or head to head against him, he is fair and competitive as it comes, always a true Gentleman.

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AN ACTIVE FATHER AND OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST

Hockey dad Sam Beveridge is an active father of 12 and 15-year old boys. He participates in their interest of all things outdoors as well as their love of playing hockey for the Littleton Hawks. Sam’s oldest son Jack play on the LHA U15 AA Black team and youngest son Gage plays on the LHA U12 AA Red team. Sam himself is also a very active athlete and avid cyclist, enjoying racing both road and mountain bikes. Sam is a familiar face around all of the local hockey rinks as he rarely misses an opportunity to see his sons’ in action.  Sam is a well known and respected member of the LHA and the entire hockey community.

A FIGHT TO GET BACK TO A NEW NORMAL

Tragedy struck Sam in early February as his right leg below the knee was amputated as a result of a gunshot wound sustained during a routine hunting trip. If individuals without proper medical training weren’t on site, Sam would most likely have lost his life. It is now his inner fight and mental toughness that will bring him back to the normal, everyday active lifestyle he enjoyed prior to the accident. He is an AVID cyclist and has completed the Leadville 100 bike race 11 years in a row! Now, he will need the proper prosthetic to get back into the active lifestyle he was used to (biking, running, hiking, etc).

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A HIT AND RUN

David Fancher, a local Colorado firefighter and longtime, local hockey player was recently injured during a hit and run crash while on scene in Adams County. A stolen vehicle crashed into his firetruck while tending to an unrelated incident. David suffered major head trauma and was rushed to a local hospital for treatment.

A LIFE LONG LOVE OF HOCKEY

David grew up in the small town of Lake Zurich, Illinois and stared to play hockey at the age of 5. He played competitive hockey through high school and moved to Colorado in 2012 to attend college. His love of the game continued after receiving his degree in Fire Science from Colorado Mountain College and he joined the Fighting Moose Knuckles (FMK), an RMHL men’s league team in 2017.

A HUSBAND, FATHER, AND DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVICE

David Fancher and his wife Ally have two young children, Isabelle (4) and Alexander (10 months). David has dedicated his career to public service and helping others. Now is the time that we can help David. We hope you consider making a donation to DAWG Nation in effort to assist with his recovery.

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FOREVER CHANGED

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On Thursday, January 13, 2022, the lives of the Browning Family were forever changed when their 11 year old son, Lewis, passed away after a tragic vehicle accident. Lewis was a part of the Vail Mountaineer Hockey Club community and was loved by all of his peers. Lewis’ spirit exemplified a love for the game of hockey, his teammates, and the entire hockey community. His beaming smile will be remembered by all who met him.

YOUR LOVE SUPPORT MAKE A DIFFERENCE


DAWG Nation is honored to partner with the Avs Alumni Association and the Vail Mountaineer Hockey Community to provide both financial assistance and loving support during this immense tragedy.

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NOT ONE TO SIT OUT A SHIFT

Dan was experiencing chest pain and shortness of breath during an over forty game playing for the Spartans. Coincidentally, they were playing the Old DAWGs. Dan kept skating until he asked to sit out the remainder of his shifts. Only a few players were aware of this, being in the middle of the game. When the team got into the locker room, Dan was honest when people asked him how he was doing…that it hurt! Dan proceeded to change into his street clothes but he and his team knew he didn’t feel ‘right’. His hockey teammates rallied to get the paramedic in route and soon Dan was in the good hands of West Metro. As it turns out, Dan had a mild heart attack and is awaiting next steps, but is in stable condition at St. Anthony’s. 

A TRUE DAWG SUPPORTER

Dan is a consistent and faithful supporter of DAWG Nation. He is always one of the first ones to sign his team up for an event or raise his hand at a silent auction. He has an incredibly generous heart and is always looking out for the needs of others. This is our time to support Dan as he will be facing a plethora of medical bills. 

MORE THAN JUST A GRANDPA

Dan is also a proud grandpa and is actively involved in the upbringing and care of his two grandsons (Michael and Landon) and two granddaughters (Audrey and Reina Mae). He helps to get his grandkids to school, hockey practice, coaches them, and of course brings them to DAWG events.

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A WARRIOR ON THE ICE

Rob grew in the Boston playing area hockey in the late 60’s and played goalie up through high school. After high school he received a scholarship to Westfield State to play baseball. But he continued to play hockey and over the last 20 years has been an active member of the Rocky Mountain hockey community until about 7 months ago. Over the last 10-15 years he has faced numerous injuries but was always determined to return to the ice and his teammates. Seven seasons ago he had a spinal fusion to go along with 2 knee replacements. During the pre-operative visits for his first knee replacement the doctors discovered he had a life threatening bi-cuspid valve issue and an aneurysm in the thoracic aorta. On top of all that, he still continued to play hockey and has played in numerous tournaments and leagues including the Evergreen pond hockey tournament and numerous DAWG Nation events. He has played in over 40 leagues and most recently in the Rocky Mountain Hockey League on the Finley’s Pub team.

NEW CHALLENGES

Just 7 months ago, Rob’s spinal fusion collapsed just above the original rods and screws. He had a nasty ice collision and an MRI revealed the damage. It left him barely able to walk, unable to work, and most importantly he had to give up his beloved game of hockey. He was hoping for another spinal fusion which might give him a better chance of getting back to work and back on the ice with his hockey buddies. But recently Rob collapsed and was sent the ER for a loss transfusion and during a CT scan the doctors discovered a mass in one lung. He had lost 40 lbs and 2 pints of blood to go with all his other travails. The original diagnosis was Stage 4 Lung Cancer which was a shock to all who know him as he has never smoked and has taken good care of his health even with all the medical issues.

AN UPDATE AND THE ROAD AHEAD

But there’s good news! After a recent heavy dose of antibiotics the mass in Rob’s lung shrank and disappeared, and it was determined that the mass wasn’t cancer but rather a byproduct of an extremely rare infection. It just took a long time to figure out and get the proper treatment.

Rob did have his 2nd spinal fusion surgery but apparently it must have damaged his colon as he was rushed back to the ER for an emergence appendectomy which could not be done arthroscopically and required full abdominal surgery (to go along with the fusion surgery). But he is in recovery and is expected to heal up fully. Rob remains out of work and will likely be so for months, and along with more treatments the financial burden is significant. Rob may be down but he’s not out, but he could use a helping hand.

Please join DAWG Nation in rallying to help this fellow hockey player. We can lift some of the burden through your generous donation today.

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OVER 600 HOMES DESTROYED!

Many of us were glued to our televisions on December 30th as we watched the utter destruction of the Marshall Fire. It will take months to assess the devastation and emotional toll, however I know it will be something we will once again overcome. Our community has proven that we overcome anything, and we have also proven time and time again that we are willing to step up for our fellow teammates, opponents, coaches, referees or friends.

Please join us in putting your collective arms around the Boulder Bison, Roughriders and entire hockey community. DAWG Nation was founded for reasons just like this. We are contributing the first $10,000 to this fund designed to aid the hockey families that were affected by this tragedy.

DAWG Nation is a 501c3 nonprofit and all funds on this link will go directly to the families in need.

LONG HOCKEY COMMUNITY

The Long Hockey Community has joined with DAWG Nation and will be raising funds with DAWG Nation. For donations specific to this hockey community, please use the link below or the memos specific to this fund.

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A LOVE OF HOCKEY THROUGH THE BLUES

Chad Bomerschein didn’t not grow up playing hockey, but found a love for hockey watching the St. Louis Blues. That love continued to grow as he signed up his sons for skating lessons approximately eight years ago. After watching from outside the ice he decided to grab some skates and help out the little ones stand on their skates and push the buckets around on the ice. His biggest thrill is to see the little guys light up when they start skating around without the buckets.

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As the kids grew, he decided to help on the ice with his younger son’s team in 6U as an assistant coach. He also helped out with multiple seasons with the older son in 10U and again with his younger son in 10U. For the 2021-2022 season, Chad decided he was done coaching. His boys had moved on past his skills and he wanted to see them progress from the sidelines. This coaching inspired Chad to give it go himself. Over the years, he had the urge to play on his own team and started out with roller hockey. He quickly moved on to ice hockey and fell in love with playing.

A TERRIBLE MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

Sadly, in late September, right after the season started, Chad had a terrible motorcycle accident. This accident changed his life forever. He had a traumatic brain injury, he broke his skull, back, neck, ribs, and had multiple other injuries. He will have a few more surgeries to repair his skull and shoulder in the near future.

ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY

Chad has been recovering well and has even attended his boys’ hockey practices and games. His dream is to play hockey again. He fully believes that is will happen. While DAWG Nation has jump started the Bomerscheins for 2022 with a $2,000 check to help cover the annual deductible, we know this will be a long road to recovery.

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BAGS FOR BRUISES

The Fort Collins Pond Hockey Association will be hosting a cornhole tournament on April 2, 2022 to raise some funds for Jordan’s continued recovery. Come out and support Jordan while tossing some bags and drinking some beer at the the Biergarten at Anheuser Busch.

MORE THAN JUST A SPORT FOR JORDAN

Hockey is more than just a sport. It’s a community consisting of people from different backgrounds and stories and friends who become family. For Jordan, hockey is a huge part of her life and upbringing. Growing up in Livonia Michigan, a city right outside of Detroit, Jordan started her hockey journey at a very young age. At the age of 7 she started playing for the Livonia Knights and the moment she was able to join travel she became a star at the AAA level playing for Victory Honda. 

A PLAYER TO BE FEARED

She was always a player who teams knew to keep their best defenseman on and goalies were afraid of. After high school she played at Hamline University, a D3 college in St Paul MN where she broke school records and continued to shine. Post college, she found a hockey community wherever she lived. From metro Detroit to Los Angeles California and finally, Fort Collins, Colorado.

A BAD CAR ACCIDENT AND A DETERMINATION TO RETURN TO THE ICE

Unfortunately, a bad car accident put a halt on Jordan’s love for playing the game. With successful spinal surgery and jaw surgery behind her, she is slowly gaining her strength back through weekly physical therapy. Her journey does not end here. We are hoping that Jordan will be back on the ice in no time and showing Denver CO what Michigan hockey players are made of, toughness and determination. 

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DECADES OF PLAYING AND PASSION

Jeff Dorn has been playing hockey on and off for 44 years. His passion for the game began as a mite and keep him going as he worked his way up to a couple of years at juniors with the Seattle Thunderbirds and then on to adult league. Hockey has been an integral part of Jeff’s life; he has also graciously given back in the form of coaching youth hockey players. He has mentioned to teammates over the years that he doesn’t know where he would be today without the influences that hockey has provided.

TANGLED UP AND DOWN HARD

In July during a summer league game with the Landsharks at the Ice Centre at the Promenade, Jeff got tangled up with another player and went down hard. He removed himself from the ice, which those of us who have played with him have never seen before, and painfully made his way to the Emergency Room. The diagnosis from this visit was a broken fibula and a torn nerve in his calf. This injury has caused Jeff to permanently lose the ability to flex his foot greater than a half inch, resulting in Jeff no longer being able to play that game that is so important to him.

ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY

Jeff is a self-employed custom home interior builder and due to this injury, he was not able to walk without crutches so wasn’t able to work for several months. Unfortunately, Jeff was not insured at the time of his injury, which created a larger financial burden. Jeff is on the road to recovery, currently doing physical therapy every day. He will require more surgery in the coming months to repair the damage to his nerves. Jeff is the kind of person you want on the ice and giving back to the game. Any assistance that can be provided would be a huge step in accomplishing this.

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