TCH: Vey visits cancer center as part of awareness tour

Kai-Huei Yau/Tri-City Herald

 

By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald

For four years, Shaun Vey played hockey just down the hill from the Tri-Cities Cancer Center, never giving the expansive building a second thought.

Thursday, Vey, 26, visited the Cancer Center and took a tour as a cancer survivor.

The former Tri-City Americans forward was diagnosed with testicular cancer in February, and ever since has been an advocate, encouraging men to take note of any changes “down there” and seeking help immediately if they believe there is a problem.

“For me, initially, there was a little bit of embarrassment, or pride,” Vey said. “I didn’t want to talk about this, but when you start diving into it a little deeper, you realize there aren’t enough people talking about it, in my opinion. I wanted to be a voice. It’s OK to talk about it. I’m just a regular guy now with a job and a family, but if I can use the Tri-City Americans to raise awareness and help a few young men out, that would be awesome. That’s my goal.”

The Americans will host the inaugural Shaun Vey Aware Down There Night today when they play the Regina Pats at Toyota Center. Vey, from Warman, Saskatchewan, will be on hand tonight to talk about his experience, as well as partake in fundraising activities. All of the proceeds will go to the Cancer Center Foundation to bolster its information on testicular cancer and other men’s health issues.

 

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