By his own admission, the idea of being able one day to play hockey has kept the young Rafaël Harvey in life when he was fighting the cancer. Two years later, not only has he beaten the disease, but in addition, he was able to break the alignment of his team pee wee AAA this season before the COVID-19 come and deprive him of what he loves most in the world.
The Log you spoke of the young ” Raffy “, in its edition of November 30, 2017. After receiving a diagnosis of Burkitt lymphoma, the same kind of cancer that had defeated Saku Koivu in 2002, the young hockey player from Quebec had raised a wave of sympathy in the world of hockey. Several players, old and still active, had sent out videos in support of the fight that led to the young boy, including Patrice Bergeron and Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
Finally, in February 2018, it has obtained the good news : he had defeated the cursed disease and its remission.
The same evening, he put on the skates.
“He had the misery but he was really in to skate it anyway. When he was sick, he wanted to live to play hockey. It has kept them alive, he says to me often “, recalls his mother, Sandra Norman.
The following fall, he managed to carve out a place at the atom level AA, and then this year, he has realized his dream of playing at the pee-wee level AAA is the Ace of Québec.
His mother and him benefit of containment to train together in order not to lose the form.
Dream on pause
“I achieved my dream. Despite my cancer, to play in the best class that I could, it makes me really proud. That is a lot of work and I trained every day of the summer. I succeeded, and all the world can, ” said the young man.
At a time when the world of sport has stopped turning, the Aces of Quebec came in 6th place in the provincial ranking of the ice hockey League of excellence of Quebec with a record of 12 wins, 13 defeats and three draws.
“We had a great season. I really like my coaches and I have learned a lot. They have helped us a lot to improve. I’ve had a lot of fun, ” said the one who wore the number 19 with the Aces this season.
His disappointment was therefore great when he knew that he would not have the opportunity to fight for their common goal : the coupe Dodge, the provincial tournament of the end of the season.
“I’m disappointed. We had some team goals and we could not go until the end. We could not achieve our goals and it is really “flat”. We wanted to win the Coupe Dodge. ”
Two years after winning his match against cancer, Rafaël feels in good shape physically. His last two seasons of hockey has allowed him to resume his physical condition before and it continues to ensure that they remain in shape even in containment, training with his mother.
The young player is really passionate about hockey, both indoor and outdoor.
He is now facing another battle, that of overcoming the fear of falling sick again. The arrival of the COVID-19 has amplified this fear in him.
“This is our challenge of the “after”. Rafael really worked very hard on it. He has a strong personality, and it is this that has allowed him to defeat the cancer in the first place. ”
After defeating a Burkitt lymphoma, there is no doubt that the young “Raffy” has all the tools to come to the end of his next enemy.