‘Foundation4Love’ held the event in honor of Justin ‘JD’ Nylen, who passed away after a battle with brain cancer. All proceeds will go to New England Cancer Specialists.
BIDDEFORD, Maine – Saturday was a first for the Foundation4Love organization. The nonprofit and dozens of Mainers hit the ice at Biddeford Ice Arena for the ‘JD’s Power Play’ hockey game. The event was held in honor of Justin “JD” Nylen, who passed away after battling brain cancer three years ago.
“He was an awesome guy in the community who sadly lost his life to brain cancer after a year. He loved hockey, so we’re putting this in memory of him,” the co-founder said. Foundation4Love, Leah Robert.
Nylen’s wife, Mary, is the secretary of the nonprofit’s board of directors. She said watching people from the community come to the public skate, silent auction and hockey game meant the world to her.
“To do an event like this and be able to take something that’s obviously completely heartbreaking but bring something really good out of it in a way that would mean so much to my husband,” she added.
After a few hours of free public skating, UMaine Alums took on the ‘Foundation4Love All-Stars’ in a friendly battle on the ice.
Foundation4Love was founded to support people battling cancer and to provide them and their families with a number of programs and services. Robert co-founded the organization when his sister was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“We really wanted to create a non-profit organization in the same situation as my sister. So we really wanted to provide services for the patient, or the cancer survivor, to disconnect from their cancer and connect with their family,” said she declared. added.
Until there, Foundation4Love helped 200 families disconnect from a cancer diagnosis and focus on connecting with each other.