Woolley’s Warriors party features special jersey and online auction


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Mark Woolley is easy to spot in a crowd of hockey players.

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He is six-foot-three, still in the mix, and wears the “C” for the Scenic City club.

What isn’t always apparent, and what he would have been perfectly right to keep to himself, is that Woolley has type 1 diabetes. Instead, he used his diagnosis and his exposure as a major junior hockey player in Canada to help others with the same disease and to raise funds for Diabetes Canada.

On Saturday, when the Owen Sound Attack host their former team, the Guelph Storm, their charity’s name will grace every Attack jersey.

As part of the Woolley’s Warriors charity game, the Owen Sound Attack will be wearing special blue and black jerseys in support of Captain Attack’s non-profit foundation. Woolley’s Warriors raises money to send kids to Diabetes Canada D-Camps where they learn how to manage their diabetes while interacting with kids going through the same process.

“It’s kind of cool that all the boys are wearing a sweater with my name on it. It’s all for a good cause at the end of the day. Hopefully we can make some money and send kids to camp,” Woolley said.

The jerseys are auctioned online. The charity evening will also include a silent auction, a pass and a puck throwing contest.

Woolley himself was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 12 and has since learned to live with the disease while performing as a top athlete.

According to Diabetes Canada, the disease affects 10% of people in the country. It is a disease in which the pancreas does not produce insulin, a hormone that helps the body control the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood.

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People with type 1 diabetes need to stay on top of things that most take for granted. They can live long and healthy lives by taking insulin and keeping their blood sugar levels within a healthy target range.

Woolley has a sensor inserted just under the skin of her arm that checks her blood and sends the readings to an app on her phone. He and the Attack will be able to monitor his sugar levels from the bench. If he drops too low, an alert is sent to his phone as well as his mother’s.

Before the high-tech insert, he pricked his finger and tested blood manually.

Things can quickly get scary. Shortly after Woolley was traded to Owen Sound, while returning to St. Thomas to celebrate his father’s birthday, Woolley went to bed without testing his blood and woke up in an ambulance. on the way to the hospital. He called the incident one of the scariest times of his life.

It’s incidents like the one Woolley experienced Diabetes Canada and D-Camps help minimize.

Since the inception of Woolley’s Warriors, the charity has raised over $50,000 for Diabetes Canada.

“It’s obviously a really special feeling. The support from the fans, the ownership group, the management, the boys, it’s awesome,” said Woolley. “None of this would be possible without the support. It’s my face on it, but there’s a lot going on behind the scenes and I’m so grateful for all the help I’m getting.

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