NHL FAN SAVES VANCOUVER CANUCKS ASSISTANT EQUIPMENT MANAGER FROM CANCER
So the big C is nothing to joke about. For those of us who have never had it, it’s always a generic threat to our peace of mind. But for many of those innocents among us, we know or even love people who have battled cancer, even succumbed to it. That’s not so generic, and makes the fear more… well, infomed. So when there’s a story, a feel-good story that is, about someone dodging the big C bullet, it’s worth sharing. And this one involves a young NHL fan who saved an NHL equipment manager’s life with a cancer mole warning at a game!
LAST OCTOBER, YOUNG KRAKEN FAN AND ASPIRING DOCTOR SAW MOLE AND KNEW IT FOR CANCER
It’s the kind of story that you would find hard to believe if it was on some tv show. Shoot, it could even be a headline on the cover of a rag at the check-out! But it’s a real life feel-good story we all get to appreciate. How often does a passerby save someone’s life from cancer? So back on October 23rd Brian Hamilton, the Vancouver Canucks assistant equipment manager, was out on the ice at an away game in Seattle when he noticed a (local) Kraken fan frantically banging on the glass trying to get his attention. She just wouldn’t stop, so as he was striking supplies from the bench to leave, he went over and saw a message she held up on her phone in large letters.
SHE HELD UP MESSGE ON HER PHONE: THE MOLE ON THE BACK OF YOUR NECK IS CANCER!
It read: “The mole on the back of your neck is cancer.” And the 22-year-old Nadia Popovici was right! She’s a recent grad from the University of Washington and hopes to be a physician someday. So far, she has some experience volunteering at an oncology ward. That’s right, she’s been around cancer diagnosis and treatment! So when Hamilton walked by, she knew it was “- a picture perfect example of what a melanoma looks like.” And boy was she right! Not only was it cancer, it was a malignant (bad) melanoma that was already in phase 2 (also bad). Thanks to Nadia’s persistent help, Hamilton wrote on New Year’s Day that the cancer was now (then) gone!
Now, both NHL teams, the Seattle Kraken and Vancouver Canucks, have announced a gift between then of $10,000 to help Nadia pay her medical school expenses. Let’s just hope we get more feel-good stories like these in 2022!