ANTIGO - Being back on the ice isn't the first competition for Matt Young in the last year. He played football this fall. But it is his first time playing his favorite sport again.
"Hockey is definitely my favorite sport because of the comradery," said Young.
Last year on December 8th, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. The cancer battle was hard…
"It was tough for sure," said Young.
But his team was always there.
"It was incredible. Especially knowing that everyone is standing behind you and taking care of you and supporting you throughout everything," said Young.
The doctors told him he was cancer free back in March. And he immediately started thinking about playing sports again.
"First thing I did was tell my coaches right away. And then I got back out on the football field," said Young.
He played center for the Red Robins and helped them reach the level three playoffs. But Young had something else on his mind.
"Throughout the entire football season, I've just been waiting for hockey season," said Young.
And now that he's back playing the sport he loves, the thought on cancer is pushed even further away.
"You always have that little thought in the back of your mind that it could come back. But you pray every night that it won't," said Young.
Whether he's playing hockey or not, he knows that cancer taught him a lifelong lesson.
"You've just got to live one day at a time," said Young.
Young now hopes to help a young friend through a new cancer battle for the Antigo hockey community.
11-year-old Eli Kassler was recently diagnosed with Leukemia and receiving treatment in Milwaukee.
Antigo hockey is having a fundraiser for him on Saturday November 11th.
The event will be a live auction and raffle at Northstar Lanes in Antigo at 4:00 P.M.
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