After going to numerous specialists and finally finding the right medicine, Pisani started to get healthy again. But he didn't stop there. Not only did he divulge his illness to the media, he decided to use his status as an athlete and public figure to help others suffering from ulcerative colitis. Pisani started to visit other patients and speak to them about their battles with the disease.
"When you realize that kids were suffering the way I did, I just can't imagine how they do it," Pisani said. "I mean, I'm an athlete, in top shape and it beat me down, so what happens to a poor child?"
Pisani figured that if he could help show these children and as many ulcerative colitis patients as possible that even pro athletes share their suffering and feelings, maybe he could help them battle through and also help further research on the disease. Last month, Pisani teamed with Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc. and their "In the Zone for UC" campaign to form the "Shoot and Score Against Ulcerative Colitis" program. For each point Pisani has scored or scores in the remaining games this season, Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc will donate $5,000 to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.
Found this on the homepage of nhl.com. It's nice to see sports figures that can act as role models, raise awareness, and show what it's like to struggle with UC in the public light. It's unfortunate that anyone comes down with such an abomination, but good for him for having the courage and ability to use his otherwise good fortune to help battle against it.
And who knows, maybe the stem cell research will provide a boost in our quest for amelioration one day. Just thought I'd share.