Jake wanted to give everyone a quick update.... "Today I was able to sit up with the support of the wonderful healthcare team, here in Worcester. I'm going to fight this fight like hell, the road is going to be long but because of each and every one of you, it makes it a little bit easier"
My name is Kevin Lizotte . This fundraising effort is in honor of Jake Thibeault. As many of you know, Jake was involved in a hockey related accident resulting in a spinal cord injury. I first met Jake and his family over a decade ago when he first played on the Blues Leominster Dek Hockey team with my son. A few years later, I had the privilege of coaching him in ice hockey for seven years on the Worcester Junior Railers and on various dek hockey teams. Jake played for Twin City Youth Hockey, Fitchburg High School, The Boston Bulldogs, South Shore Kings and various other travel teams. Currently Jake is attending Milton Academy in Milton, MA where he plays ice hockey as a Milton Mustang.
For those of you who know Jake, whether it be from hockey, school, the farm where he worked or the gym where he trains, you know that my words will never accurately capture Jake's full character. He is so much bigger than words. For those who don't know Jake, let me try. What makes Jake an outstanding hockey player has less to do with skills and skating and so much more to do with character. Jake is among the most dedicated, hard working student athletes. He has more grit and perseverance than most 18 year old's. Most importantly, he is the ultimate teammate. He's the first to pass the puck to set up a perfect scoring opportunity for teammate and the first kid to provide backup if someone is disrespecting his team. He is positive and encouraging to others both on and off the ice. Off the ice, he's the first to hold the door and the last to order his meal. He embodies the Milton Mustang's motto "Dare to be true." He is a true gentleman, a true athlete, a true student, a true teammate, and a true friend.
Join me and the many others who know and love Jake in supporting Jake and his family with these fundraising efforts. All money raised will go toward Jake's rehabilitation needs , housing construction, and various medical costs and expenses. Thank you, in advance, for your generosity and support.
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