While the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League start their season looking to build momentum, (after a 2011-12 season that saw the Frontenacs miss the postseason), one of their own is enduring an ordeal that would make being the worst team in the league a pleasure. Frontenacs social media co-ordinator and freelance sports writer Missy Deyo is suffering from kidney disease. Having already endured multiple surgeries, the stoic Deyo is forced to undergo another surgery very soon.
Deyo first came to prominence in the sports world when she started writing an online column about attractive people in sport (both men and women). While her column grew in popularity, she would eventually conduct interviews with the athletes in question and gain over 6,000 followers on Twitter. Growing up in Kingston, Deyo seemed to be the perfect fit (returning to the place where she grew up), when the Frontenacs hired her to work in public relations for the 2012-13 campaign.
Although her homecoming should have been one filled with jubilation rather than desolation, Deyo’s tenacity provides a powerful message. In sports, determination and perseverance are essential tools to success. While Deyo may not be an athlete herself, sometimes people that are affiliated with a team in another capacity can be just as much a part of the family.
When the wife of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft passed away in 2011 (Myra Hiatt Kraft), the Patriots placed her initials on their jerseys. Brian Smith, a sportscaster in the Ottawa area passed away in 1995, and had a banner raised in his honor by the Ottawa Senators hockey club. When Harry Caray, a popular broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs passed away, a statue was built outside of Wrigley Field.
Having endured more than any person deserves to suffer, Deyo’s inner strength and drive to overcome her ailments makes her tougher than any goon in the OHL. As the Frontenacs continue to rise to prominence in the OHL, Deyo’s perseverance in the light of difficult circumstances should serve as an influence for the team. The unofficial theme for the Frontenacs season just might have to be "Make it for Missy."
In this story, Deyo is the underdog, and fans cannot help but root for her. When one considers that 2012 has seen its share of sporting upsets, like the New York Giants upsetting the heavily favored Patriots in the Super Bowl, the Los Angeles Kings shocking the hockey world by claiming the Stanley Cup and the Washington National winning the National League East, Deyo has all the tools to pull off another upset and beat this kidney disease for good.