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Published on Dec 4, 2011
Produced by: Taylor Shire, Sarah Ritchie and Christeen Jesse University of Regina School of Journalism - Fall 2011
Mandi Jocelyn Schwartz (February 3, 1988 -- April 3, 2011) was a Saskatchewan hockey player with the Yale Bulldogs women's ice hockey team. She graduated from Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, Saskatchewan in 2006. In December 2008 — her junior year at Yale University — Schwartz was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Her diagnosis and search for a bone marrow or stem cell transplant resulted in bone marrow drives being held at Yale and in Canada. While bone marrow drives held at Yale University did not result in a match for Schwartz, they did result in six matches for other patients on the registry who were waiting for a transplant. She underwent a stem cell transplant from donated umbilical cord blood in September 2010. In December 2010, she learned that the cancer had returned and discontinued most forms of treatment. Schwartz died in Regina, Saskatchewan, at the age of 23.