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by George Malik on 05/09/14 at 11:36 AM ET
This story popped up on Thursday's newscasts, and it's a little difficult to fathom, but it's worth your time (via RedWingsFeed), as the Red Wings explain:
On Wednesday May 7th, 2014, Kelly Rothe, made it know about her surgery she was about to undertake, the following day the Detroit Red Wings organization brought Kelly and her family down to The Joe for a special private dinner. There she was surprised by local Detroit band, Kaleido, who gave her a private acoustic set. Then they took her to the Red Wings locker room where her favorite player was there waiting to surprise her.
Update: here's more from DetroitRedWings.com's Joshua Berenter:
Howard said he was excited about the opportunity to be a part of Rothe’s surprise, and that her bravery is inspirational, not only for people dealing with cancer, but for everyone who hears her story.
“It’s uplifting, I think, for both of us. She’s such a courageous young girl. She’s really brave in what she’s doing. For me, it’s nice to be able to return the favor because I know she’s cheered a lot for me,” Howard said. “To be 20 years old and to be going through this, it’s got to be nerve wracking, but at the same time, she’s shown a lot of courage.”
Rothe found out about the gene mutation three days after her 18th birthday and since then, she’s done everything she can to research the pros and cons of getting a bilateral mastectomy – the removal of both breasts – at such a young age.
After learning that the procedure reduces the risk of cancer by about 90 percent, and that the surgery will be fully insured, the Eastern Michigan University junior said it was an easy decision.
“It’s like dismantling a bomb,” Rothe said. “You have a bomb strapped to your chest and they’re going to dismantle it. How much of a relief is that?”
Her father, Robert, and her 17-year-old twin siblings, Evan and Samantha, have been inspired by her courage and supportive of her decision every step of the way.
“I told her that she’s my idol. This is beyond belief and she’s never wavered,” Rothe’s father said. “Anybody that knows Kelly knows how strong she feels about wanting to live and how strong she feels about educating people. I support her 100 percent to do what she’s doing while she’s healthy instead of racing the clock.”
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