Jr. Golden Knights’ Magdon battling cancer, wants back on ice
Colin Magdon has battled hockey players on the ice, and he and his family are now in an even larger battle in fighting leukemia.
Magdon was playing this season for the Vegas Jr. Golden Knights’ 8U team.
“He is a happy, intelligent, energetic and respectful seven-year-old boy,” reads a post on the Jr. Golden Knights website. “Colin is a loving little brother, an amazing son and wonderful friend and teammate to his fellow hockey players.”
More than a month before the leukemia diagnosis, Magdon was having severe bouts of pain that would lead him to the ER and pediatricians on multiple occasions. Despite his body fighting against him, he still found the energy and strength to get on the ice and the soccer field.
His last trip to the ER at Summerlin Hospital revealed abnormal blood work that helped piece the puzzle together to reach a diagnosis.
“We couldn’t not be strong for him,” said Keith Magdon, Colin’s father, to KTNV.com. “So it quickly went from emotional to we have to take care of it.”
Magdon is currently hospitalized and had his first round of chemotherapy in late November and will continue those treatments over the coming months.
“His tenacity and love for family, friends and hockey will help him fight the leukemia battle, but not without the support of his community,” adds the Jr. Golden Knights website. “Colin’s goal is to overcome cancer and get back on the ice again.”
Colin told KTNV.com that he understands how hockey can lend him an assist in his current fight against cancer.
“You can always work hard and never give up,” he said.
All donations will go directly to the Magdon family to assist with medical and associated expenses. As of the end of November, nearly $3000 had been donated.
— Matt Mackinder
(Jan. 4, 2019)