MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Southern New Hampshire University ice hockey team has announced the addition of Alex Gabree (Bedford, N.H.) to its roster. Gabree officially joined the Penmen through Team IMPACT, a non-profit organization based in Quincy, Massachusetts that matches children who have life-threatening or chronic illnesses with collegiate sports teams.
Gabree was introduced by head coach Ken Hutchins through a formal press conference, where he signed his letter of intent to become a member of the team before joining his Southern New Hampshire teammates in the locker room. After receiving his uniform, settling into his locker and taping his new stick, Gabree took part in the pregame dynamic warmup and soccer game.
"We're honored to have Alex join our team," Hutchins said. "He's a great kid, and we're looking forward to developing an unconditional loving relationship that will hopefully last forever."
Gabree was diagnosed at birth with Phenylketonuria (PKU), a rare inherited disorder that causes an amino acid called phenylalanine to build up in the body. When a person with PKU eats foods that are high in protein, he or she may have a dangerous build up, which can be toxic to the central nervous system. When left untreated, PKU patients are at risk of severe neurological complications, memory loss, concentration problems, mood disorders, and in some cases, cognitive impairment.
About Team IMPACT
Team IMPACT's mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses by establishing and expanding vibrant team-based support networks. The organization endeavors to continually encourage a wide range of team-based organizations to open up their ranks and extend their laughter, strength and support for children facing these adverse issues, and events. For more information, visit goteamimpact.org.
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