Bantam AA center Ryan Suchy is used to working hard on and off the ice. If you've been to one of his games amid chants of "Soooch," you know #93 wheels toward the net so fast it looks like he's floating. And it's not unusual for him to practice shooting and stick-handling drills for 3 hours a night in his downtime.
But don't worry - Ryan and his parents are strong believers in balance. They know when to take a break to avoid injury or burnout.
Inside, Ryan faces a bigger battle than any opponent on the ice. As a 13-year-old living with Type 1 Diabetes, it means there are no days off and no cure.
But there is hope - and a big hockey family to support him.
Please join us on Sunday, Nov. 3 at the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) walk in Harrisburg as we raise money for a cure. Check-in begins at 12:30 p.m., and the 2.25-mile walk starts at 2 p.m. Ryan, his family, the Bantam AA team and other players will be walking with him.
How awesome would it be if we could get several players, from various teams, to go? What a difference that act of kindness and compassion could make in a child's life!
If you've ever played on a team with Ryan, you know he is an unselfish, team-first guy. On the Pee Wee AA team last year, he was a leading goal scorer, but his assists outweighed his goals by about 3 to 1.
If a teammate needed Ryan, he'd be the first to show up. On Nov. 3, let's show up for him.
Right now, there's not a cure. And Ryan may have to fight this for years to come, but let's show him he doesn't have to fight alone.
With your support at the walk, we can be a few steps closer to defeating the toughest opponent Soooch has ever faced.
Thank you for your support,
Director of Outreach and Communications