I don’t usually post on Sundays, but some things can’t wait.
The Canadian hockey world is in mourning this week and will be for awhile.
On Wednesday evening, Jonathan Pitre lost his battle with EB (Epidermolysis Bullosa).
Jonathan was well known to the Ottawa community as The Butterfly Boy. He was especially known to Senators fans. Jonathan suffered from a disease that made his skin as fragile as a butterfly’s wings. This included the skin inside his body like his mouth and throat. Faced with a life of excruciating pain and knowing that he would likely only live to about 20 years old, Jonathan devoted his life to trying to make people aware of his affliction. He was a huge hockey fan and a special member of the Senators family. He had such a positive outlook despite struggling to do the most basic things like swallow liquids. He was also an A student. He often refused opiods as he preferred the pain to having his mind dulled.
But Jonathan’s death isn’t the only reason hockey fans are mourning.
On Friday, tragedy struck in Saskatchewan when a bus carrying a Junior A hockey team aged 16-21 collided with a semi. Fourteen young people are dead and 14 are injured. There is a gofundme set up to help The Broncos team and their families through this difficult time.
And if you happen to be someone who prays, please pray for all the people and families we’ve lost this week.