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Kimberley Newell

Kimberly Newell’s Own Voice: Searching the Light in the Tunnel

By the time I stepped foot in the Olympic village, my Mom had beaten the cancer! Her words of encouragement carried me through my broken ankle, my doubts and my worries. I knew that my Olympic experience would not have been the same without her.

Four Years Ago…

Four years ago, I quit my job on Wall Street and strapped the pads on to play hockey once again.

Four years ago, I embarked on a journey playing professional hockey around the world that would take me all the way to the Beijing 2022 Olympics.

But four years ago, my Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.

My Mom has been my biggest supporter and my number one fan. She has always been there for me. Through thick and thin, I knew that I could count on her.

Light the Night to beat Cancer

But then, she faced the biggest battle of her life – the battle to beat cancer.

I played and played. She battled and battled.

I learned and improved my game. She changed her entire lifestyle towards healthy living.

I stopped more and more pucks, and won more and more games. She found better and better ways to fight the cancer, and saw her blood tests improve.

By the time I stepped foot in the Olympic village, my Mom had beaten the cancer! Her words of encouragement carried me through my broken ankle, my doubts and my worries. I knew that my Olympic experience would not have been the same without her.

But not everyone is so lucky. That’s why on Sunday August 28, I will be playing in a 3v3 tournament to raise funds for blood cancer research for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in their Light The Night 2022 event. Every 24 minutes, someone in Canada is diagnosed with a blood cancer.

So please consider making a donation by visiting my donation page now at the link below or click the link in my bio. Our team goal is $1,200 and every dollar makes a difference. Thank you so very much for your support!


Kimberly Newell (left) interviewed by FeverSports’ Brian Wong (circa 2019)

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