Chris Cayford was diagnosed with Extra Gonadal Stem Cell cancer almost 4 years ago. He had 20+ tumors removed around this time. Through multiple surgeries, Chris lost a kidney, and had his sternum cracked open in the process. Not to mention the most powerful chemotherapy post op. It took him roughly 6 months to recover, never getting back to full form. But he did get back on the ice the following season!
He had a couple of years with minor tumors taken out and was in relatively good health until last year when a tumor was found in his liver. This resulted in more surgery, culminating in the removal of 2/3 of his liver. At this time it was discovered that Chris' cancer had mutated into Primitive Neuro Ectodermal Tumors, a specific type of sarcoma tumor, which is rare and difficult to treat.
In February of 2017 he was given the dire news that his cancer was incurable, and subsequently, physicians found multiple tumors, including in his hip, leg, and sternum bones. Although playing on one leg, he played through the pain and finished his hockey season, never complaining once.
Throughout the process he remained himself, doing all he could to help others, educate and raise money for cancer research, and most of all, remain the best friend, teammate, brother, and son he could be.
In Spring 2018, Chris passed away.Mike, Sean and Adam, together with their teammates, want to honour their friend Chris.