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Wings assistant coach Sanderson takes turn downward in fight against cancer

Wednesday, 27th June 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, Pro, Posted 6/27/12 extends its thought and prayers to Philadelphia Wings goalie coach Chris Sanderson and his family in light of news that his fight against cancer has gone downward, according to his website.

Chris Sanderson

Sanderson has been battling brain cancer since being diagnosed in 2008. He has remained as a Wings coach for much of that time and even won a silver medal with Canada at the FIL World Championships in 2010 in England.

Sanderson’s wife Brogann wrote this journal entry on Monday under the title “Time to Say Goodbye”: “It is impossible to predict how long Chris has to live, but I can tell you that he is deteriorating quickly…”

She wrote that Chris was back home from the hospital at her mother’s house and Hospice has been arranged.

Heartwarming news came Tuesday when Brogann’s brother Mark, wrote that a fundraising effort to help defray costs of care and travel for family members to be with Chris at this difficult time was met with great support: “I’ll be honest, I was expecting this group to exceed the fundraising goal before Friday. I was not, however, expecting to exceed it by 600% in 6 hours. I’ll be sure not to underestimate you again!

“You all have been the backbone of this journey for Chris and Brogann and clearly that support, loyalty, love and team spirit is unwavering,” he continued. “It goes without saying, but this numeric expression of love and support will ease a lot of unnecessary angst in the days ahead.”

Sanderson led Canada to the gold medal at the 2006 World Championships in London, Ont. He twice made the NCAA Final Four at Virginia.


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