“It could be a lump” – Corriere.it

From Andrea Sereni

A fan notices a mole and tells Brian “Red” Hamilton to check it out: it’s a malignant melanoma. They met on Saturday: “She’s my heroine.” Both teams awarded him a $ 10,000 medical allowance

A phone was pressed against Plexiglas, a text message written in white on a black background. Brian “Red” Hamilton, 47, on the bench, inspecting the helmet and uniform of Vancouver Knox, the owner of the Nhl for the American Professional Ice Hockey League. At that moment, behind chairs, he notices a woman trying to grab his attention. He is a fan of the opposing team Seattle Kraken. Her name is Nadia Popovici, she is 22 years old at the time and she is changing Hamilton’s life..

Then what is “red” – the nickname due to red hair – ignores it at first. How many times has she seen opposing fans trying to harass her boys. But she insists, slapping her hand against the mirror. She convinces him to go meet her to understand what she wants. He reads the message on the phone in a note: “The mole on your neck may be a lump. Please check with the doctor! “. Hamilton nods and shows her thumb.

He went to the doctor shortly after the game (October 23). Nadia was right, she discovered that she had a malignant melanoma on the back of her neck., A skin cancer. It was diagnosed early, which allowed Hamilton to have surgery to remove the mole. So save yourself. This Saturday, before the new match against the Seattle octopus, he wrote a letter and shared on social media: “My name is Brian” Red “Hamidlon and I’m looking for a special person – it’s reading -, and I need your help. You have changed my life and now I want to find you to thank.

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Ask someone to help him find Nadia. “The message you showed on your phone will be on my mind forever, It changed my family and my life. You are right, your intuition was right, the mole on my neck was a malignant melanoma and now, with the help of doctors, it is gone. And you made me notice the chaos of a hockey game. You are my heroine.

In a little while, the social networks faded: Nadia’s mother read a Canucks post: “She’s my daughter! You will be shocked to see that. ” So on Saturday Nadia and “Red” met again. Masks that struggle to hide a smile, spontaneous hugs and chat (Later immortalized in a video shared by Conax). “He extended my life, he saved – Hamilton’s words after the game -. The doctor told me that if I did not notice in time, that mole would kill me in four or five years. The way he noticed it shocked me. It was not big. She was my heroine.

Before the match, the audience gave him a round of applause, wanting to take a selfie together after the Vancouver “Red” hit: “Biggest hit tonight”.

January 2, 2022 (January 2, 2022 change | 18:41)

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