Men's Hockey's Billett Runs for a Cause
June 6, 2014
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Boston College men's hockey senior goaltender Brian Billett ran the Great Hyannis Johnny Kelley half marathon on May 25, raising awareness and money for the Michael T. Goulet Foundation.
Based in Maine, the foundation's mission is to provide funding for research and education to help improve the lives of patients and families affected by traumatic brain injuries and epilepsy disorders. It was founded in honor of Michael Goulet, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2003 and passed away in 2010 from complications of a grand mal seizure.
College Hockey News reporter Jen Dobias interviewed Billett to discuss his eagerness to run and raise money and awareness for the foundation. Below is a snippet of the article. The full version can be found here.
For Billett, this cause is very personal. His older brother, Christopher, developed a form of epilepsy during his freshman year of college at the Maine Maritime Academy. Chris, who had dreamed of being an officer in the Navy, ultimately had to transfer to the University of Southern Maine, his military career done before it even started.
Now 26, Chris works in Kennebunk, Maine and hasn't had a seizure in a little over a year. He may be able to get off of his medication soon, which, Billett said, "would be an unbelievable feat."
"We've been very close growing up. We were both hockey goalies," Billett said. "It meant a lot to run for him."
It also meant a lot to run for the Goulet family. Billett was originally introduced to the family at the Parisi Speed School in Saco, Maine. While there, he trained with John Laliberte, a 2006 Boston University graduate who spent the 2013-14 season with the Deutsche Eishockey Liga's Ingolstadt ERC. Laliberte is married to Goulet's older sister, Candace, and got Billett to tend net in the foundation's inaugural Face Off For a Cause hockey game in 2011.
"The more I've gotten to know the family I've realized how special they really are," Billett said. "They deserve as much support as possible any way that it can be given."
Running a half marathon, and selling t-shirts leading up to it, was Billett's way to go the extra mile for his brother, the Goulet family and the Michael T. Goulet foundation. And it wasn't easy.