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Albom: Red Wings alumnus Shawn Burr needs an assist in battle with cancer

The Detroit Free Press’s Mitch Albom offers a passionate plea for fans who will attend this Saturday’s game between the Red Wings Alumni Association and the Shawn Burr Foundation in Fraser to take part in a painless little procedure which might help the aforementioned Burr beat another bout of myeloid lymphoma:

Drop the gloves. Shawn Burr is back for another round against cancer. This one, like most second rounds, may be tougher than the first, which he squashed in typical Shawn Burr fashion, claiming he was the only person in history to go through chemotherapy and gain weight.

Months passed. He was cancer-free, they said. He even posted a Facebook entry a few weeks back, the day the Red Wings were seeking the record for consecutive home victories. It read, “Life is good.” A few days later, he had a blood test. The results were concerning. A biopsy was taken. And “life is good” seemed like a memory.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Shawn Burr, 45, is just too damn optimistic, too upbeat, too selfless and too self-deprecating to lose to cancer. He has the goods to beat it. But he may need some equipment.

Which is where you come in—or, more exactly, your blood. Burr will need a bone marrow transplant to beat his opponent, acute myeloid leukemia. Saturday at 4 p.m., he already was scheduled to host a hockey classic at the Great Lakes Sports City Arena in Fraser, between the Red Wings alumni and Burr’s assembled All-Star team. Fans coming in can stop at booths and have their cheeks swabbed, then put themselves into the bone marrow donor registry.

It originally was intended to help others suffering from cancer.

Now it might save Burr’s life.

Continue reading, and I suggest that you should do just that…

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hockeychic's avatar

I am so sorry that Shawn is battling this.  Kudos for him for taking it public about the need for bone marrow donors.

I am on the registry and it serioiusly requires nothing more than swiping the inside of your cheek with a few different q-tips.  Please think about joining the list.  There are many, many people around the world who desperately need a match.

You could save someone’s life!

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 03/15/12 at 01:19 PM ET

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