On Wednesday, 20-year-old Kelly Rothe of Ann Arbor, Michigan announced her plans to undergo a preventative double-mastectomy on Friday, May 9.
After losing her mother to breast cancer, Rothe underwent testing for the BRCA1 gene mutation. As described by the National Cancer Institute, BRCA1 is "a gene on chromosome 17 that normally helps to suppress cell growth. A person who inherits certain mutations (changes) in a BRCA1 gene has a higher risk of getting breast, ovarian, prostate, and other types of cancer."
The test came up positive; she carried the BRCA1 gene mutation. In her case, the likelihood of her developing breast cancer is at 87-percent. Which is why she decided to undergo the procedure to have both breasts removed.
Kelly is a big Detroit Red Wings fan, and is particularly fond of Jimmy Howard. The Red Wings welcomed Kelly and her family to Joe Louis Arena for a special dinner, then were taken on a tour of the locker room, where she received a signed jersey of the Detroit netminder.
That wasn't it. She was also in for a big surprise. Take a look. [Warning: keep tissues nearby.]
"Jimmy Howard gave me flowers". If that doesn't touch your heart; you might want to check if its two-sizes too small.
Kelly undergoes her surgery today (May 9) and on behalf of the Puck Daddy crew and hockey fans around the world, we wish her all the best in her recovery. She is so incredibly brave.
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