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Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019
Battle for her life takes Melisa Kingsley abroad
by Randy Pascal

Once again, the Sudbury sports community is proving what an incredibly supportive family it can be.

Many within the local hockey circle, in general, and the Sudbury Lady Wolves organization, more specifically, are well aware of the battle that teenager Mélisa Kingsley has been waging.

An outstanding hockey talent in her youth, Kingsley was recruited by the Ottawa Gee Gees, expected to begin play with their women's hockey team for the 2016-2017 season.

It was in preparation for her rookie campaign, during the course of routine physical testing, that Kingsley was diagnosed with sarcoma, halting both her on-ice career as well as her post-secondary studies.

Since that time, the graduate of Collège Notre-Dame has endured multiple chemotherapy sessions, as well as some thirty radiation treatments. Last month, it was determined that Kingsley required further treatment.

Unfortunately, she does not qualify for immunotherapy treatment in either Canada or the United States. This past weekend, Kingsley and her family were forced to travel to the Bahamas to receive this much-needed treatment.

In the meantime, friends and former teammates have bonded, creating a "Go Fund Me" account, aimed to raise some $15,000 or so to help Mélisa and the family defray some of the expenses involved in this fight.

Long-time linemates with Kingsley as members of various Lady Wolves' teams, twin sisters Taylor and Meagan McGaughey were at the forefront of this initiative.

"Mélisa isn't just a best friend to us, she's like a sister," noted the McGaugheys in recent email correspondance. "There isn't anything we wouldn't do for her. By raising funds, we are hoping to reduce the cost of treatments as well as travel expenses. Everyone has been so generous during these times and we are very thankful, this wouldn't be possible without them."

Full details are available on the Sudbury Midget "AA" Lady Wolves website at "http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=slwmidgetaa&sid=359713758".

The "Go Fund Me" account can be accessed directly at "https://www.gofundme.com/melisas-fight-against-sarcoma?rcid=dff6798351ff40bc8cb1f5342a29e9d7".

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