Milan Doczy, who is from the Czech Republic, is a veteran of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), spending three seasons with the Owen Sound Attack before coming to Brock University, where he currently plays for the men’s hockey team.
Doczy was diagnosed with skin cancer in November after extensive medical testing on a mole that he discovered on his foot while putting on skates. A diagnosis such as this is difficult for anyone, and not having a strong support group makes the entire ordeal that much more challenging. Both of Doczy’s parents are currently in the Czech Republic, and with modest incomes, travelling internationally is out of the question, so Doczy hasn’t been able to see them since before this ordeal began. With this in mind, the Owen Sound Attack and Brock University have coordinated their efforts and created the “Do it for Doczy” campaign, an effort focused on assisting Milan with his medical expenses throughout this tough time.
The “Do it for Doczy” campaign uses a trust fund through TD Canada Trust, which allows for donations to the cause. Being that Doczy is from the Czech Republic, it is difficult to secure medical insurance, especially for treatments as extensive as those he requires, which is why public donation is such a vital component to his recovery.
The trust fund was set up by Professor Geoffrey Hoover, a lecturer for the Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems and was co-signed by the captain of the Brock men’s hockey team, Mike McGurk. Hoover, who Doczy had as a professor, has lent a helping hand to Doczy throughout his diagnosis and has become a confidant to the 24-year-old student.
“We would talk and he said that he was going for surgery, and slowly he opened up about how serious it actually was,” said Hoover. “I knew of his unique situation and I wanted to step in and help.”
“For someone like you or I, we have our family around to support us through something like this, but Milan doesn’t.”
On Jan. 19, “Do it for Doczy” is starting a three-week awareness campaign, selling bracelets and t-shirts on campus at the Campus Store, Guernsey Market, Isaac’s and the Cage in Walker Complex. It will culminate with Isaac’s donating 50 per cent of funds received from cover on Feb. 5 to “Do It For Doczy” and on the following evening, the Brock men’s hockey team plays the “Do It For Doczy” game presented by Front Row Sports.
Individuals such as Derek Vissor, a graduate student who helped create the campaign’s website; Robert Cargnelli, Interim Director, Athletics and Recreation Services; and Murray Nystrom, head coach of the Brock men’s hockey team have each played an integral role in the campaign.
To help Milan in his battle against cancer, go to milandoczy.com