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Hughes' Goal at Chowder Cup Tournament: Help Save Lives

Aleca Hughes. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Aleca Hughes. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Hockey Forward Supports Teammate Mandi Schwartz at This Weekend's Women's Chowder Cup Tournament

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Rising junior forward Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.), one of the Yale women's ice hockey team's top scorers over the past two years, is using her participation in this upcoming weekend's summer tournament for college and high school female hockey players to bring attention to her teammate Mandi Schwartz's battle with leukemia. In addition to "Goals for Mandi", where sponsors will pledge donations based on how many goals Hughes' team scores, there will also be a drive on Friday to add potential life-saving bone marrow donors to the national registry. Incoming freshman Paige Decker (New Preston, Conn.) is also playing in the tournament and will assist with the bone marrow drive.

The bone marrow donor drive, which is sponsored by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, will take place on Friday, the opening day of the tournament, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Foxboro Rink (10 E. Belcher Road, Foxboro, Mass. Google Maps). The bone marrow donor test consists of a simple cheek swab; there are no needles or blood involved. If a donor is determined to be a genetic match for a patient in need, he or she will have the chance to save that patient's life.

For more information about Mandi and how you can help, updates will be posted here