May 6, 2012
CHESTNUT HILL, MASS. – Months removed from making a second consecutive appearance at the NCAA Frozen Four, the Boston College women’s ice hockey team will add another pillar to the program when it drafts Brooke DiBona on Monday, May 7. The occasion will officially begin the Eagles’ commitment to Team IMPACT, a non-profit organization aimed at improving the quality of life for children facing life-threatening illnesses.
Brooke is an eight-year-old from Holbrook, Mass. diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in September 2010, the most common form of leukemia discovered in children. The typical treatment for ALL consists of three phases and spans two to three years. Brooke went through 45 days of isolated, in-patient chemotherapy, which has a success rate of 95 percent. Leukemia remained in cells after the phase and yet again after another five days of intense chemo. Brooke then fought through a bone marrow transplant and the final two phases of treatment. She concluded the treatment in February 2012 and is now in remission, but returns to Dana-Farber every four weeks for follow-up tests.
Brooke considers hockey her favorite sport and favors the number three, the jersey currently worn by Erin Kickham. Zdeno Chara is her favorite athlete, while Selena Gomez is her favorite actress. She is a big fan of the Twilight movies, in particular Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. Brooke likes to play outside with her sister Taylor and scout the woods with her father.
Brooke, Taylor and their parents, Julie and Chris, will meet the team at 5 p.m. in Conte Forum.
Kristina Brown, Blake Bolden, Jackie Young and Kate Leary make up the leadership group in the team’s latest step towards fulfilling BC’s maxim of “Men and Women for Others”.