Hockey Team Trying To Help Out Coach
Stephen Gillis is the coach of the Spirit, a peewee team in the Vancouver Minor Hockey Association. He was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease more than a decade ago.
When he started experiencing cramping and other unusual symptoms last summer, he suspected it was his Crohn’s flaring up.
A trip to the hospital revealed a very different story: a rare and incurable kidney disease that Gillis had likely developed unknowingly a couple years ago. His kidneys were functioning at less than 10 per cent.
When Gillis’ players – some of whom have been on his team for years – heard about his predicament, they wanted to do something to help.
Our head coach has kidney disease and needs a living donor for a transplant. Can you help spread our message to find him a donor & keep him leading us on and off the ice? To be tested call Renee Katter: 1-855-875-5185 #gooddeedscup #hockey #vancouver #Kidneydisease #OrganDonation pic.twitter.com/EkUjHwqPxK
— vanminorpwa2 (@vanminorpwa2) January 3, 2019