April 2, 2015
As most of our supporters know, Hockey has Heart (HHH) was formed back in 2002 when a hockey dad, Terry Gould, was in need of a heart transplant. Volunteers from the Farmington Hills Hockey Association where Terry’s son, Brian, played hockey got together to raise a few funds for the Gould Family. Word spread like wild fire and before you knew it, a formal gala was planned, silent and live auction items and amazing baskets were donated and HHH began. I should tell you that shortly after our first event Terry received his heart and today is a picture of health! When I think back I am amazed by the spirit and generosity of Michigan hockey families.
Fast forward to March 21, 2015 and the story repeats itself. This time our hero is Shane Dwyer, a 27 year old professional in the beginning of his career. Shane was severely injured in a snowboarding accident and loss the use of his legs. Shane’s family, friends, colleagues, former classmates and of course, the hockey community came together to raise funds for Shane’s medical and rehabilitation expenses. As of today, after expenses, Shane will receive approximately $275,000 with money still rolling in. While the sum is very large, over Shane’s lifetime expenses could run well into the millions.
We’d like to thank Orchard St. Mary’s for their generosity and support, corporate sponsors, donors, event participants and all of the volunteers who worked tirelessly on Shane’s behalf. Our Michigan hockey community came through again when one of our own needed help.
Shane’s has shown great determination and courage; an inspiration to us all.
The generosity and love shown continues to amaze. On behalf of Shane, the Dwyer family and Hockey has Heart, thank you!
Lucy Oakleaf, President
Hockey has Heart
Hockey has Heart just learned that Tyler Keller who graduated last year and played goalie for Huron High School, was seriously injured in an automobile accident on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, in Grand Junction, Colorado. Tyler’s mother is tending to him now and his father will be joining them shortly. What we do know is that he has brain, lung and spinal cord injuries. He has no feeling from his waist down. Look for more information on Tyler on the Hockey has Heart Facebook page.
In the meantime, if you wish to donate to assist Tyler and his family through these difficult days ahead, please do so through this website. Hockey has Heart is a qualified 501(c)3 charity. HHH absorbs all credit card and PayPal fees out of our general fund so 100% of your tax deductible donation will reach the family.
Please be sure if using PayPal, to note that your contribution is to be directed to Tyler Keller. The PayPal mobile app doesn’t have a comment section so please send us a quick email with your instructions or use the full PayPal website instead. Check’s made payable to Hockey has Heart should be mailed to 35500 Eight Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48335.
Hockey has Heart has teamed up with Shane Dwyer’s family and friends to assist him with his medical and living expenses. We’ve learned only too well how an injury like Shane’s impact every facet of his life.
Shane Dwyer started his hockey career as a Farmington Fire in 1995, and it was love at first lace up. His hockey career led him down a path where coaches, teammates, and competitors became friends for life. At St. Mary’s he helped lead the team to a State Championship in 2005, and got to travel to Prague that same year to play on European ice. He continued playing throughout college at Michigan State in night leagues, and still took the late ice times after work at KPMG to engage in the sport he loves.
As many of you know, Shane was recently paralyzed in a snowboarding crash. His iron will, positive spirit, and awesome determination as he goes beast mode on his physical therapy at RIM in Detroit is a testament to the man that he is. As Shane puts it “What I’ve lost in ability of body, I am fortunate to have in ability of mind and soul. The best memories in my life have been spent sharing connections with family and friends, regardless of any activity at hand. I have not lost the ability to continue this, and I am grateful for that. Plus, I still plan on dominating many activities. It will be a hectic year of “firsts” for me as I enter this new stage in my life. I expect it will bring ups and downs, good days and bad, but in remembering your love and support, I WILL succeed. I hope that through your support, I can also inspire you in overcoming your personal challenges and accomplishing your goals.”
As you can see, his outlook despite his circumstances is one that is unmatched. Your gracious donation will be used towards medical bills, continued physical therapy and living adaptations. More information to follow regarding an Auction Event. For questions, please reach out to Shane’s family at firstname.lastname@example.org. Much appreciation and love to his hockey family, who has been there always and whom we will forever count as friends.
If you are interested in donating funds to assist Shane with ongoing medical expenses, please follow the instructions found on the “donate” tab. Be assured Hockey has Heart will cover all credit card and other processing fees. If using PayPal’s mobile app you won’t have an option to let us know you want your donations to go specifically for Shane’s expenses. Please use standard PayPal app or send us an email message informing us of your intentions. Thank you!
On behalf of all the volunteers, directors and officers of Hockey has Heart, we would like to thank you for your continued support. For more than ten years, with your contributions we have helped Michigan hockey families through very difficult times. We have always maintained controls to ensure expenses are kept to a minimum and funds are only distributed to those in need.
If you have any questions regarding our processes please contact me at email@example.com.
Lucy Oakleaf, President
We are saddened to announce the passing of Grandville High School Captain, Ryan Fischer, on Friday, March 7.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fischer family, his teammates, friends and fellow classmates. His sudden death has touched so many in the hockey community.
Ryan had been accepted at West Point, and was expected to join his Class of 2018 on July 2.
First off, let me say thank you for your generosity and support of Hockey has Heart and our efforts to support Matt Sorisho and his family. After 2+ months I can now say all of the HHH acknowledgement letters have been sent out either by email or the good ol’ USPS. If you don’t have what you need for your taxes by January 31, 2014, please let me know and I will respond immediately.
We filled a five inch three-ring binder with donation sheets – each sheet representing a donated item. Although the IRS guidelines dictate that we must acknowledge donations (either cash or merchandise) if they exceed $250, we tried to thank everyone for their support. Unfortunately during the rush email or street addresses were missing or incomplete. We’ve tried to find you searching the internet but you know who you are. You didn’t receive a thanks from us! We really appreciate the outpouring of support which reconfirms why we started Hockey has Heart in the first place. Hockey people really do care about each other – doesn’t matter if you play for the NHL or play on a youth or high school hockey team.
Now for a bit of free tax advice…oh boy, read this paragraph tongue in cheek! For those of you who purchased tickets for the event held for Matt Sorisho on November 20, 2013, you may deduct $70 as a charitable donation for each ticket. Items purchased through the live or silent auction are only tax deductible if the amount you paid exceeds the fair market value (FMV) of the item. For those whose bids exceeded $250 over FMV, you were mailed (either email or USPS) a letter for your taxes. Again some of you generous “high rollers” didn’t provide an email or mailing address when you attended the event but we had your credit cards on file! You were charged and received your merchandise. If you didn’t receive a tax letter and are unclear about your bid, feel free to call or email me. You can find my contact information in the about us tab on the HHH website.
Now for the disclaimer, “If you have any questions regarding the tax implications of your donation, please contact your tax professional.”
From all of us at Hockey has Heart, we thank you and wish you a happy, healthy and successful 2014.
Lucy Oakleaf, President
Peter Halash, 19, Captain of the 2012 Shamrocks of Detroit Catholic Central High School, was killed in a car crash on Jan. 5 in Kansas where he was living and playing hockey for the Topeka RoadRunners.
Peter had 20 points this season, scoring seven goals and 13 assists for his 21-11 team (second in the North American Hockey League South). The 6-foot, 180-pound forward played briefly with Tri-City before coming to Topeka in the 2012-13 season and scoring five goals with nine assists in 36 games.
Our hearts go out to Peter’s family, friends and teammates.