Local hockey league fights cancer

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Through his LBHL hockey league and clothing line, Lee Brown has embarked on a cancer-fundraising initiative with no end date. 

Lee Brown is one of thousands of Canadians touched by cancer. 

His wife, Tanya, was one of approximately 1,000 Canadians diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma, a highly curable cancer of the blood, in 2013 at the age of 34.

“Since this has happened to us, you cannot imagine how many people around us, with cancer in general and that are affected, that approached us,” said the Beaconsfield man.

The mother of a 3-year-old boy named Jax embarked on what would be the greatest challenge of her life.

His wife now in remission, Brown has embarked on a challenge of his own.

Via the LBHL, a high-caliber pick-up hockey league founded in 1997, the Beaconsfield resident has donated funds to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) since the beginning of spring.

“A lot of people are touched by cancer,” said Brown, general manager of the league. “It’s an amazing opportunity to give back.”

The league, which hosts players ranging from midget AAA to the American Hockey League (AHL) and the National Hockey League (NHL), was started by Brown and a few of his colleagues at the Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport.

Not only does Brown donate a portion of the proceeds generated by the LBHL, but through his ‘LBHL Aviators’ apparel campaign.

“I wanted to step it up a bit,” he said.

Since early June, Brown has raised over $700.

“The reception has been great. Everyone is participating. It’s amazing,” he added.

The apparel, including hoodies, shirts, and caps, is so popular, Brown is hoping to bring the LBHL Aviators logo to West Island stores in the near future.

When asked if he targeted a fundraising goal, Brown said: “No. I’ll keep doing it forever. As long as I can do it, I’ll keep donating.”

To learn more about LBHL Aviators fundraising campaign, visit www.facebook.com/lbhl.aviators.

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