Matt Perry is a player who played for our 2006 championship team. He is also a cancer survivor having beaten Hodgkin’s Disease (Hodgkin’s lymphoma).
He was actively taking his chemo and other cancer treatments during that football season when he was diagnosed. Bantam Head Coach Jim Skitsko vividly remember him coming to practice at 5:30 each day of practice having just finished his chemo. At some point in almost all practices, usually around conditioning time, he would go into the bushes at the practice field and get sick from the effects of his treatments and his physical activities with the team, tackling, etc. “I never heard this young man complain about his plight and all he did was work hard” Remembers Coach Jim. “This young man was truly an inspiration to all of us that year. I am very proud to see that he still remembers us and supports the team”.
On Thursday May 9th Matt spoke to our team about what it takes to be a champion and his hard work in beating the disease that takes so many lives.
As this young man is truly a poster kid (his picture is on one of the plaques in the hallway onto the field when the Edmonton Journal did a story on him). The above picture is of Matt along with Nick Shewchuk the 2018 award recipient of the ‘Matt Perry Heart Award’.