Seattle Kraken Nadia Popovici fans came to watch her favorite team play Vancouver Canucks back in October, but instead of just enjoying a night of hockey, she helped extend the life of the Canucks assistant director of equipment Brian “Red” Hamilton. Popovici, a University of Washington graduate who plans to soon attend medical school, sat near the Canucks bench on October 23 and, using his mobile note-taking app, made Hamilton noticed between intervals as he was moving the device.
A message on her phone explained to him that a mole on the back of his neck looked cancerous. Three months later, Popovici was proven right.
After the team returned to Vancouver from the game in Seattle, Hamilton asked the team doctors to look at the mole. It was removed soon after and then biopsied, according to the Associated Press. The biopsy results showed that the mole had cancerous cells.
Doctors told Hamilton that the situation could become “life-threatening” if it wasn’t caught as early as it should have been, the AP reported.
Hamilton never knew the name of the fan who discovered the mole, so the Canucks posted a letter from the manager in an attempt to find what he called his hero. The tweet went live and the 22-year-old has been identified.
The two were able to meet on Saturday and Hamilton directly expressed her appreciation for her actions.
“The message you showed me on your cell phone will forever be etched into my brain and has made a truly life-changing difference for me and my family,” Hamilton said. “Your hunch was right and the mole on the back of my neck was a malignant tumor and thanks to your persistence and the quick work of the doctors, it’s gone.”
Kraken and the Canucks donated $10,000 to Popovici’s medical education program as a sign of their collective appreciation.
Her response to the donation was priceless:
“When she pointed it, I never saw it. It was on the back of my neck,” Hamilton said. “I didn’t even know it was there. So then when I started asking people, like the doctors on the team, for example, they didn’t like the way it looked. So I was scared right away. immediately. I knew in the back of my mind that she was right.”
https://www.cbssports.com/nhl/news/canucks-equipment-manager-meets-kraken-fan-who-spotted-cancerous-mole-on-his-neck-at-game-she-saved-my-life/ Canucks equipment director meets Kraken fan who spotted cancerous mole on his neck in game: ‘She saved my life’