Player Needs Help
I received news of this just the other day. I have coached Jason and his brother in the past, both are amazing players and people. The DC Mad Dogs along with the Northern Virginia High School League, Capital Beltway Hockey League, and Broad Run High School; are putting all of our heads together to create a fund raiser for this young man. Below is a post from his current Junior Hockey Team:
The Kootenai Colts and the Resto family would greatly appreciate your thoughts and prayers for Colts' defenseman Jason Resto. Resto, an 18-year old defenseman from Virginia, was acquired by the Colts at the trade deadline. Resto played in two games for the Colts, picking up two penalty minutes. This past Tuesday, Jason woke during the evening, experiencing severe chest pains and body aches and was taken to Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. It was there that Jason was diagnosed with an as yet unknown form of leukemia, which, at last report, was spreading rapidly through his body. His condition is currently unstable and he is unable to travel home to Virginia to see his own doctors.
Jason's parents arrived from Virginia Thursday night and will be with him while he undergoes chemotherapy treatments in an attempt to stabilize his condition enough to be able to return home, although his father will possibly have to leave for home earlier, to return to work. The Kootenai Colts organization is in the process of setting up a bank account for donations to assist the Resto's with expenses occured during this very trying time for their family. Please keep checking the Kootenai Colts website for updated information in the next several days. In the meantime, cards and letters of support for Jason and his family can be sent to him in care of the Kootenai Colts Hockey Club, P.O. Box 2293, Post Falls, Idaho 83877-2293. All other inquiries can be emailed directly to Colts' Director of Operations Terry Beck, at [email protected]. Terry will answer each and every email sent.
In the fast-paced, often hectic world of junior hockey, with the excitement of wins and disapointment of losses, the focus on moving players to the next level and what-not, the very real human element of the sport is often lost in the shuffle. All else greatly pales in comparison to the fight being faced by Jason Resto and his family. Jason was so excited to be a part of the Colts organization and we all, staff, management and players, are proud he is with us. Please send your thoughts, prayers and best wishes to Jason and his family. They, as well as the Colts organization will appreciate them very much. This is an opportunity to show how, when one of our "own" goes down, that no matter your team affiliation, we, as one great big extended hockey family, rally in support. Thank you and God's blessings on Jason, his family and you all.
February 5th, 2005...........Today we received notice that Jason will have to spend at least 1 month here in the hospital. His parents will remain here with him as he goes through the first of four stages of chemotherapy. Once the first stage is complete and his body goes into remission they will then attempt to fly him home to Virginia to complete the process. Doctors have told the family that this will be a 3 year process to rid his body of the cancer. You can send emails to Jason via Terry Beck. My email address is [email protected]. All emails will be printed and delivered to Jason by myself or one of the team staff daily. Thank you again for your support and prays for Jason and his family.