Cate Swartzentruber literally has teams of people on her side.
Swartzentruber was diagnosed last year at the age of 44 with Stage 4 colon cancer. She and her husband, Jeff, have two children, Mac, 11, and Lily, 12.
The young mom is currently undergoing standard chemotherapy treatments in combination with non-conventional treatment at HealthSource Integrative Medical Centre in Kitchener. The facility specializes in naturopathic oncology but the service comes at a hefty price of $3,000 a month, which is not covered by health-care benefit packages or OHIP. Swartzentruber has begun the treatment but the family simply cannot afford to continue.
According to a Go Fund Me page set up by family and friends, naturopathic oncology provides the “best opportunity for optimal outcomes and improved quality of life.”
“This is Cate’s only chance of survival.”
“On behalf of Cate, Jeff and family, we are asking everyone we know to help support this initiative by donating whatever you can so that we can arrange for Cate to undergo this treatment alongside of her chemotherapy,” states the Go Fund Me page. “This is Cate’s only chance of survival.”
Swartzentruber’s son’s Flamborough Minor Hockey Association Minor Peewee AE team and her daughter’s Dundas Minor Hockey Association Major Peewee team, and their families, have banded together to help.
Team members have been selling MacGregors Meat to raise funds, and on Friday, Feb. 24, the Dundas Minor Peewees will host a fundraiser at the Real McCoys game.
There will be a bake sale with homemade goodies, and team members will canvass the arena to collect donations. Everyone who donates will receive a raffle ticket to win great prizes. In a separate raffle, tickets are $10 for the chance to win a signed Connor McDavid jersey.
Any Dundas Minor Hockey Association players wearing their jerseys will get in free. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.
“Cate has decided to fight this journey with every ounce of energy,” states the Go Fund Me page. “We as a hockey family will continue to help Cate and her family fight.”
To make a donation, visit www.gofundme.com/cates-fight-for-life.