The Canadian Ice Hockey League kicked off the new year with an incredible story, starring interested ice hockey fan and equipment master Brian Hamilton of the Vancouver Canucks. Thanks to an eagle eye for ice hockey fans, he may have survived serious skin cancer. After all, Nadia Popovici (22) pointed out a suspicious spot on her neck during a match. “She’s a hero, she saved my life.”
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Rewind to October 23, 2021. Then the Vancouver Canucks played the Seattle Kraken. Infamous Kraken cheerleader Nadia Popovici stands behind the Canucks’ bunker during the match. Only a glass screen separates the young woman from the ice hockey stars. It has the best view of the game and the neck of Brian Hamilton.
A suspicious spot of irregular shape and reddish-brown color on the man’s physical neck attracts Popovici’s attention. It may be a cancerous tumor. She recognizes the signs because she regularly volunteers in hospitals as a nursing assistant. Maybe he already knows? But if so, why is the stain still there? It concluded that the materialistic man probably did not know at all that he had a suspicious spot. But how are you supposed to draw his attention to his warning?
An ice hockey fan has a hunch. She writes a message on her mobile phone and then holds the screen in front of a glass window. The writing was an interesting warning to Hamilton: “A birthmark at the back of your neck can be cancerous. Please see a doctor!”
Hamilton then said he looked at the letter, rubbed his neck, and thought, “That’s weird.” Popovici lamented the letter at the time, believing that “it might not have been appropriate for me to put it forward.”
But the warning does not fall on deaf ears with the material master. After the match, he returns home and asks his partner if she can locate. Could you. The team doctor asks if it is worrisome. This is.
And indeed: on closer examination, the mole turned out to be malignant, but thanks to Popovici, the doctors are on time and there are no metastases. The tumor has now been successfully removed.
Overwhelmed by a hockey fan’s lifesaving gesture, Hamilton writes a letter to his hero on New Year’s Day – hoping to find her when the two teams play each other again.
Hamilton’s message is spreading like wildfire on social media — and within an hour, his heroine has been found. It is Popovici who will soon be studying medicine.
The duo met Saturday night (local time) in Seattle. The young woman tells how pleased she was that the material master listened to her and examined the suspicious spot. “What a great way to start my medical studies,” she told Hamilton.
For his part, the Equipment Man celebrates her as his hero. “She’s an amazing person who took the time to notice something annoying and then found a way to get attention during the ice hockey chaos.”
Her persistence now also pays off for Popovici. Both teams announced that they would provide her with financial support of $10,000 (more than €8,800) to start her medical studies.
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