Former Yale women’s hockey player Mandi Schwartz died after a battle with leukemia, according to multiple reports. Surrounded by friends and family, the 23-year-old finally succumbed to the disease at 1:35 p.m. eastern time on Sunday after a two-year battle.
Schwartz became a media sensation initially as a forward on Yale’s women’s hockey team. She drew national attention for both her 73 games-played streak, and her continent-wide search for a bone-marrow donor.
Players and coaches often spoke of her unwavering spirit and heart. It was that same tough, dedicated attitude that allowed her two battle the horrendous disease for two years and serve as both a model and inspiration to people all over the world.
Schwartz suffered from acute myeloid leukemia, a disease that was found to have returned in April 2010. Originally, it had been in remission since May 2009, however it ultimately returned. A test conducted earlier in the month indicated that the disease was back in remission.
Yale has come out and publicly said that he marrow drives on Schwartz’s behalf as of last Spring had added over 4,200 donor registries to the United States and Canada.