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SJHN Daily: Sharks Welcome Cancer Fighter Layla Malone to Practice



Credit: Amanda Cain / San Jose Sharks

The San Jose Sharks welcomed a special guest to watch practice on Tuesday.

After practice, the team gathered around the bench to say hello to their guest, nine-year-old Layla Malone.

Malone is the daughter of the team’s Director of Business Intelligence Tim Malone, and has been through a lot in her young life.

In the summer of 2020, Layla experienced increasingly severe leg pain.

On Sept. 1, 2021, the seven-year-old was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Her family set up a GoFundMe page with the goal of raising $4,500 to support the family through this incredibly challenging time.

Over two years and $14,659 in donations later, Layla is on the road to recovery. Her last chemotherapy treatment will be today, and she is on track to officially “ring the bell” — celebrating the end of a round of chemotherapy — on Nov. 20.

As part of the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative, Layla is slated to drop the puck on Nov. 17 when the San Jose Sharks take on the Detroit Red Wings.

All photos from Amanda Cain of the San Jose Sharks:


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