His Journey with Cancer

Congratulations to this years NHL Alumni Ace Bailey Award for Courage our man Earl!!!!!

Darby and I (along with 26 others) were there to accept the award for him. It was a grand event, but could never compare to the grandness of Heaven.

Mar. 4, 2012

Earl Cook Foundation Memorial Game

The Ft. Garry/Ft. Rouge Twins are pleased to announce our first Earl Cook Foundation Memorial Game on March 2, 2012 vs. the St. Boniface Riels at Century Arena (1377 Clarence Avenue). Game starts at 730.

Earl Cook lost his battle with cancer sadly on September 18, 2011 at the young age of 23. Earl was often found spending many nights watching and supporting the Twins. Even after a long day of chemo therapy he would still find the strength to make it out to watch his second favourite team play. After spending many trips down in Detroit, Earl made a special bond with head coach of the Detroit Red Wings Mike Babcock which included weekly phone calls supporting and encouraging Earl through his tough days with his battle with cancer and any other life advice Earl needed.

From a young age Earl was always fascinated with hockey and Detroit Red Wings became his number one team. From inside the Detroit Red Wings locker room, he was considered not only their number one fan and encourager but also took the role of an assistant coach. If you are interested in learning more about Earl’s journey through life you can visit:

http://hisnameisearl.blogspot.com/
http://www.cbc.ca/thenational/blog/2011/03/theres-something-about-earl.html
The Earl Cook Foundation is in support of Sarcoma research, Sarcoma Patients in need, and the Terry Fox Foundation.

The Ft. Garry/Ft. Rouge Twins will be wearing red and white name bars with "EARL COOK" on them along with red skate laces, red stick and sock tape for his love of the Detroit Red Wings. The name bars will be available for purchase after the game. All proceeds from the game will go towards the Earl Cook Foundation including all entrance fees and the 50/50 draw.

Currently the Ft. Garry/Ft. Rouge Twins have been selling ticket for a signed Henrik Zetterberg or Pavel Datsyuk jersey. Tickets will be draw at the last playoff game of the year.

Tickets for the jerseys are 1 for $2 or 3 for $5.

The Twins are also selling tickets to win a pair of Winnipeg Jets tickets for Wednesday March 28 vs. New York Rangers. The winning ticket will be drawn a week before the game on March 21, 2012.

Tickets for the Winnipeg Jets are 1 for $5 or 3 for $10.

Tickets Winners for both draws, the Zetterberg or Datsyuk Jersey and the pair of the Wininpeg Jets tickets will be contacted by phone and email. All proceeds from the Earl Cook Memorial Game (entrance fee, 50/50, name bars) and the money raised from the Detroit Jerseys and Winnipeg Jets tickets will go towards Earl Cook Foundation.

Please contact the emails listed below for information regarding the Earl Cook Foundation or to purchase tickets for either draw.

EarlCookFoundation@gmail.com
MAshley@mpi.mb.ca
Twins Earl Cook Memorial Game
28-02-2012

Twins Earl Cook Memorial Game


The Ft. Garry/Ft. Rouge Twins are pleased to announce our first Earl Cook Foundation Memorial Game on March 2, 2012 vs. the St. Boniface Riels at Century Arena (1377 Clarence Avenue). Game starts at 7:30pm.

Earl Cook lost his battle with cancer sadly on September 18, 2011 at the young age of 23. Earl was often found spending many nights watching and supporting the Twins. Even after a long day of chemo therapy he would still find the strength to make it out to watch his second favourite team play. After spending many trips down in Detroit, Earl made a special bond with head coach of the Detroit Red Wings Mike Babcock which included weekly phone calls supporting and encouraging Earl through his tough days with his battle with cancer and any other life advice Earl needed.

From a young age Earl was always fascinated with hockey and Detroit Red Wings became his number one team. From inside the Detroit Red Wings locker room, he was considered not only their number one fan and encourager but also took the role of an assistant coach.

The Earl Cook Foundation is in support of Sarcoma research, Sarcoma Patients in need, and the Terry Fox Foundation. The Ft. Garry/Ft. Rouge Twins will be wearing red and white name bars with “EARL COOK” on them along with red skate laces, red stick and sock tape for his love of the Detroit Red Wings. The name bars will be available for purchase after the game. All proceeds from the game will go towards the Earl Cook Foundation including all entrance fees and the 50/50 draw.

Currently the Ft. Garry/Ft. Rouge Twins have been selling ticket for a signed Henrik Zetterberg or Pavel Datsyuk jersey. Tickets will be draw at the last playoff game of the year.

Tickets for the jerseys are 1 for $2 or 3 for $5.

The Twins are also selling tickets to win a pair of Winnipeg Jets tickets for Wednesday March 28 vs. New York Rangers. The winning ticket will be drawn a week before the game on March 21, 2012.

Tickets for the Winnipeg Jets are 1 for $5 or 3 for $10.

Tickets Winners for both draws, the Zetterberg or Datsyuk Jersey and the pair of the Wininpeg Jets tickets will be contacted by phone and email.

All proceeds from the Earl Cook Memorial Game (entrance fee, 50/50, name bars) and the money raised from the Detroit Jerseys and Winnipeg Jets tickets will go towards Earl Cook Foundation.

Please contact the emails listed below for information regarding the Earl Cook Foundation or to purchase tickets for either draw.

EarlCookFoundation@gmail.com

MAshley@mp​i.mb.ca

Oct. 4, 2011

Earl is Gone....... He will Never be Forgotten


EARL HENRY COOK
January 2, 1988 - September 18, 2011

There was something about Earl. Was it his love for life, his sense of humour, the way he walked into a room and drew the attention of whoever sat there? Or was it his smile, his passion for hockey, or his claim to be the number one fan of the Detroit Red Wings? Whatever it was, there was something, and we will remember him for it. It is with great sadness that we share the news of Earl's passing. After a long and courageous struggle with cancer, Earl quietly and peacefully went to be with his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, at 5:30 a.m. this past Sunday morning at St. Boniface Hospital. Left to remember him are, Debbie and Darby Hopkins and family, Janine and Bill Frovich and family, Bob and Dale Fast and family, his birth family, especially Beverly, and friends too numerous to mention. Debbie and Darby would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the many people who made up Earl's circle of love, the people of the Whyte Ridge Baptist Church, the staff of St. Boniface Hospital, the various teams he was a part of, and the world of hockey. Earl learned that dreams do come true by the generosity displayed by the Detroit Red Wings, TSN Sports Network, and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Earl has his wings now, and we are sure they are red. A celebration of Earl's life will be held on Friday, September 23, 2011, 6:30 p.m. at the MTS Centre. Guests are encouraged to dress in red, Detroit Red Wings apparel, or your favourite hockey jersey. Arrangements are being made with a Chartered Bank to receive funds for The Earl Cook Foundation. Details will be provided at the Memorial Service. Funds raised will be used to support cancer research and sarcoma patients in need. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website. Chapel Lawn www.chapellawn.mb.ca 885-9715

Aug. 26, 2011

News from toronto

well here we are in Toronto and it's Friday. On Monday we went to Toronto general hospital as instructed for blood work and then returned on Tuesday morning for a CT Scan and an ultra sound. I wasn't feeling convinced that surgery was going to go ahead...call it instinct or whatever you want, but there were questions and such that made me suspicious. Because of the results of the CT Scan we were told they now wanted to do an ultra sound, so we proceeded to that dept. we were told that a radiologist from Princess Margaret was coming over to perform the test himself and that he may do a specialized test called and contrast ultra sound. We met him and after to your basic ultra sound he did want to do the one with contrast, so we changed rooms and joined two other Drs.. As they were doing the test I heard talk of the liver and wanted to tell them they were looking in the wrong place but something told me they know what they are doing. After sometime they discussed calling in earls surgeons, who came in short order actually leaving a surgery to check in with Earl. Dot dot dot...after much measuring and discussions they were done and Dr Jewett asked to peak to me outside. He told me in a very kind and caring way that the tumor had grown again and because the vena cava was full of tumor it had to find a new path, that being the liver. Under these new circumstances the surgery would be too high risk and performing could very well cost Earl his life.

So we will return home and meet on Tuesday with dr Wong to discuss chemotherapy again!

Earl being the trooper that he is took the news very very well, I think he feels he dodged a bullet in the surgery and is keen to move on to what he calls PLAN B

I on the other hand feel like my cup runneth over with stress!
But with Earls positive attitude and all our friends family and supporters we will carry on. To those of you who continue to pray for us please don't stop for we have not lost hope. I still believe that God has a special purpose for Earl and he will keep working on it.

Please know that your thoughts and prayers give us life and encouragment.
We love you
Debbie, Darby and Earl

Aug. 12, 2011

It's August......! Hockey starts in 1 month!

Hi Everyone, Earl and I had a great time in Montreal and after a brief but fun visit home (Earl went to Jeff and Natalie's for respite and I got away with some friends for some quilting R&R) we headed out to Calgary and Banff. We had such a nice visit and Banff just has this way of melting off the stress so much so that you can feel it as it leaves your body. One of the things Earl really wanted to do, let's call it his bucket list was white water rafting. (just so you know it's on my list too) We did it, we can now say we conquered the Kicking Horse River and it was a BLAST, only Earl was a little frightened. By chance we were able to hook up with a good friend of ours, Kyle Chernetz who is a WWR guide and so it helped us both feel a lot more comfortable than we would have felt had he not been our guide. I highly recommend it to affiliate any stress.

There is news about Earl, so here we go. The biopsy results indicate that Earl's cancer is in fact osteogenic sarcoma, so now that we have wasted several months we can continue on with the first plan. Surgery. Earl has been referred to a surgeon in Toronto for surgery to remove the tumor from his body. I won't give any details, yet but after our Medical Video Conference on Tuesday August 16th we hope to have more information. If surgery is offered and Earl decides to go ahead, it will take place in Toronto. The tumor continues to grow and at the last CT scan the kidney was 16.3cm! Look it up...that means it is close to 2x the size of his other kidney. Because of the continued growth Earl is experiencing increasing pain and is having difficulties with peeing and his leg is swollen. Not fun at all.

Stay in touch, and please hold Earl up in prayer as this is a very frightening time for him.

Love you all Debbie!

Jul. 18, 2011

Update for July from Montreal

I can't believe how fast time flies. Earl and I are currently hanging out at Michael and Christine's home just outside of Montreal...what a beautiful home it makes me feel like i am in heaven. We traveled to Quebec City for two days and stayed at the very beautiful and very old Chateau Frontenac where are good friend Lolo is working. We had so much fun shopping, watching the entertainers and eating great French Canadian food and then Earl enjoyed his first train trip as we traveled back to Montreal.

We will come back home on Wednesday for a few days and then head out to Calgary/Banff for a few more days of rest, relaxation and sight seeing...Earl really wants to see the mountains.

Now for the medical update: Earl had a second biopsy done on July 13 and the reason for this was that the results from the 1st biopsy were inconclusive. They did not see characteristics of either bone sarcoma or renal carcinoma and then did not have enough sample to do any more tests. When we saw the Dr. on the following tuesday he said that we had received a preliminary pathology report which told us that they could not identify the cells and therefore would be sending out samples to the national pathology lab in BC and to a few other labs. We have not heard back from them, but at least the radiologist took enough samples the second time.

What does all this mean.....you are probably thinking. Well we have 3 scenarios here
1) if it is in fact osteosarcoma (Earls original cancer) then we have some chemo available and/or Earl may have surgery. This surgery being the big complicated surgery we talked about a few months ago. The only difference would be that it would happen in Toronto if the Surgeon we have been referred to will agree to do it.
2) if it is renal cancer they tell us there are many options for chemo therapy and that it is curable. This I am sure would take place in Winnipeg.
3) well if it is unknown cancer or another type then we will hopefully have good news about treatment possibilities.

Earl's tumor which is getting larger by the day and currently measures 16.3cm is causing increasing pain. He is such a trooper.

For all our prayer warriors out there please hold him up and please pray for the medical people involved that they would have eyes to see and minds to understand what they see and wisdom to offer the best treatments available. Earl stands firm in his faith and believes that God has a very special plan for him.

Debbie

Jun. 13, 2011

CBC The National TONIGHT!!!!

The Biopsy went very well and we should have news within the next 5 days.

Just got word today that Earl's documentary will re-air tonight with an added update.

Tune in for a great story.

Debbie

Jun. 12, 2011

A Change in Plans

Hi Everyone,

There has been a change of plans since my last post. The surgeon's have requested a biopsy of Earl's right kidney, to find out what kind of cancer we are dealing with. It could be one of two things.....1) metastases of the original cancer (osteo-genic sarcoma) or a secondary cancer involving the kidney (renal cancer of some kind) The biopsy will confirm this. If it is the later (kidney cancer) there are treatments available that would have a good outcome, and would likely involve surgery but not as radical as if the cancer is sarcoma. Does that make sense.....? The biopsy is tomorrow morning and we will let you when we know. Earl is feeling a little tense and really has convinced himself that he does not want the news to be ...that it is sarcoma! Whatever it is....we know it has to be dealt with promptly as the tumor is growing and Earl is in more and more pain.

Too keep Earl distracted his friends are keeping him busy. He has a new interest in Flea Markets and Cruise night. He is excited that the NHL is back in Winnipeg and that we were able to obtain season tickets, which we will share with my brother and my two nieces and their spouses. It should be lots and lots of fun. Earl is already offering his services to the new team...LOL

Last Monday Earl was Police Chief for the Day, thanks to Jerry and Dave! He had a great time, with Police Chief Keith McCaskill as he inspected the recruits and gave a speech to the whole class. He was well received and his final words to the class were..."...and remember...never taser a guy in the balls..." I sunk down in my chair in embarrassment, but then again, thats Earl. They gave him several gifts one of which was a hockey jersey from the Winnipeg Patrolman hockey team. We finished our visit with a tour of the Winnipeg Police Museum.....Thanks to all involved it was a great experience. Oh and by the way...Earl gave me at least 3 tickets on the way home.

On Thursday, Earl and I headed down to Canad Inn Stadium where Earl had an opportunity to try-out for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. They had him sign a Million Dollar contract,which by the way did have a performance clause in it. They suited him up and he headed out to the field, after meeting all the coaches. He had a chance to speak to quite a number of the players on a personal level and then was honored to give them words of encouragement and share his story with them before and after practice. The guys really got a kick out of him, as well as being inspired by his story and his positive, love life attitude. He had a chance to show them how he could kick, tackle and take a few himself. Thanks so much to Jerry, Bob Cameron and the rest of the guys for making this happen. And also to Paul LaPolice for becoming Earl's new best friend.

I will add some pictures and sign off.

Please keep Earl in your prayers, God is good and we Believe in His power to heal and his Love for us.

Debbie...keep in touch.

May 22, 2011

Surgery here we come!

Hi Everyone,
As I have already posted, Earl's tumor has started to grow again, and the next treatment option is surgery. We saw the surgeon on Thursday (May 19th) and we are happy to report that he is prepared to operate on Earl. The surgery will be a lot more advanced than I had ever imagined but we are thrilled (Earl is bursting at the seams) and anxious to get it done. The surgery will involve 3 surgeons the Urologist for the removal of the kidney, the Cardiac surgeon to remove the tumor from the heart and a Vascular surgeon to assess and remedy the veins. The surgery will involve the opening of Earl's sternum again and a procedure called cardiac pulmonary bypass where the stop Earl's heart and cool down his body. The surgeon says he wouldn't perform this on most patients, but Earl is young (feisty) healthy other than the cancer and has a strong will to live. Earl loved the surgeon immediately upon seeing him dressed in scrubs with a hoodie with the words H O C K E Y written across the front

This week Earl will have some tests and will have an appointment with the two other surgeons. He has to be off chemo for 3-4 weeks, so I am guessing that the surgery will take place sometime between June 6th and 14th.

He plans to have lots of fun and get lots of rest in the time leading up to the surgery.

When the time comes you can email him by going to forms.manitoba-ehealth.ca/sbh/wellwishes/default.php and following the directions. I will post the details when we have them. you can also contact me at my email address hopkins5@mts.net

Please add Earl and his doctors to your prayer list .

May 1, 2011

May Update

Hello Everyone,

Well as May begins, we here in Winnipeg have snow on the ground. After a beautiful week of warm weather and neighbors raking and yard cleaning we have snow. Go figure!

Snow on the ground and bad news from the Dr. seems to start a theme here, but the snow will melt and Earl will beat this cancer! I am sure of that. Just as we can't see or feel the wind...we know it is there and Just as we can't see or feel Jesus we know He is here and present in our lives!!!!! We believe and trust in the power of Jesus and we know he loves Earl....so think about that for a little while....and say a little prayer for Earl as you read the rest of this post.

We saw the oncologist last Tuesday and the results of the latest CT Scan show that the tumor in his kidney and IVC (vena cava) this means that the chemo has stopped working and we move on the the next treatment. Even though in the beginning the docs, said Earl's condition was non operable...they feel it is operable now. The chemo worked enough that they are willing to give it a try, so Earl has been referred to a oncologist/urologist for surgical consideration and/or chemoemoblization.

Please pray that the referral process will go quickly and that we will see the surgeon immediately and that he will have a answer for us.

Have a great Sunday,
Debbie

Apr. 19, 2011

There's Something about Earl

April Update

Well it is spring and it is still cold...way too cold. But the good news about spring is it is playoff time. Yes Hockey at it's best and for Earl there is nothing he likes better than cheering his Red Wings on once again. As of last night we are 3 and 0 over the Phoenix Coyotes and hopefully will sweep the series. We are hoping they will make it through to the third round, so that we can make it out east again.

Earl is doing well, with the latest MRI showing the tumor in his heart is stable. He has a ct scan this Wednesday night so we will find out what's happening with his kidney and affected vessels. He is on his week off chemo, but still not feeling the best....it really is hard on him, but when he is feeling good there is no stopping him. He will be cheering on the Manitoba Moose who have made their to the playoffs.

Short but sweet!

Take care and keep in touch.
Debbie

Reg Sherren is inspired by Earl

Reg Sherren on "The Earl Factor"

Have you ever met someone who changes the way you look at the world? Well, here's the thing. Two weeks ago, I badly tore some muscle in my calf. I'm a baby(man) anyway, but it hurt...a lot. Now usually I'm inclined to take to my bed for a week, demanding around-the-clock care. But this time, I pushed myself to get up and get on with it. OK, hobble on with it.

Why? Because of Earl Cook. Earl is a young man from Winnipeg whose tenacity in tackling life's challenges can only be described as inspirational. It starts with the fact that he really shouldn't be here. None of the medical experts expected him to survive - born premature and addicted, into poverty, with more health issues than any one person deserves. And then it was the cancer...and again the cancer, and still, at 23, he fights cancer.

But it barely slows him down for a second. He has something to say, something to contribute, or to call it as he sees it. From the first moment I met him, I had to admire this young character, with a goofy grin, always ready with a joke. He has a certain charm, moving around on his one good leg, jumping into his uniform for sledge hockey, talking about his Red Wings. Mike Babcock saw it too, and took Earl under his wing, so to speak.

Yes, that Mike Babcock, Olympic gold medal coach, head coach of the Red Wings.

And above all, I saw Earl's determination to not let his medical challenges decide what he could or could not do. No sir, he says, "Cancer is not the boss, I'm the boss." And he means it. He plays hockey, coaches hockey, all through his chemo, with his guardian angel - his foster mom Debbie - never far from his side.

Oh yes, I can get past this little problem with my leg. And I won't complain...much, thanks to Earl.

Getting to know Earl

Getting to know Earl
Earl and the Kickers

Earl's Trip To Minnie

Earl's Trip To Minnie

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Checking out the New Guys
Earl and Paul Lapolice

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