As October comes to an end and Halloween right around the corner, many people won’t acknowledge that it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you haven’t been personally affected by cancer or know someone with it, then you’ll probably just feel sympathy for them but not truly understand that what they’re going through. It takes a lot of courage to fight a battle with cancer. Just like in Beowulf, he fights: Grendel, Grendel’s Mother, and a Dragon which takes endless amounts of courage. In the end Beowulf is victorious, despite the fact that he dies after the battle with the dragon, he gets the gold and prize possessions that the dragon guarded.
Not everyone can be Beowulf and defeat a monster with our bare hands. This is reality and cancer is a real monster. Cancer can even affect the love ones of professional athletes or professional athletes themselves; people who we consider, for a lack of a better word, greatness. People when they do something amazing we look at them in awe at the fact that they somehow harness this unnatural talent that many of us can only dream of having. An example of this would be Dominic Moore. For you non-hockey fans out there, he is a defenseman for the New York Rangers and his wife passed away at the young age of 32 due to a rare form of liver cancer. Another player who has been effected by cancer is Zach Parise. He’s the alternate captain for the Minnesota Wilds and has presented Team USA during the 2010 and 2014 winter Olympics. He shared that his father was diagnosed with lung cancer and had only two years to live.
Cancer can be viewed as the monsters of Beowulf. Cancer, like Grendel, can come at anytime. Each and every time it’s just as devastating as the first.
– Jimmy Howard (Goalie, Detroit Red Wings)
– Alex Pietrangelo (Defenseman, St. Louis Blues)