Tue May 08 11:47am EDT
Hockey players spend a lot of time in close quarters, trying to keep their spirits up in trying times. So when Chris Rumble, a defenceman and young filmmaker who's committed to play for the NCAA's Canisius Golden Griffins, began treatment after being diagnosed with leukemia earlier this spring, he decided to do something to brighten the outlook for his fellow cancer patients at the hemoncology floor of Seattle Children's Hospital.
So Rumble, whose father Darren Rumble is a former NHLer and assistant coach with the WHL's Seattle Thunderbirds, decided to make a music video starring several of the children who are going through painful chemotherapy, along with their families. With all honesty, it's impossible not to tear up or fill chill bumps while seeing "the smiles hidden in the pain," as Gary Chittim puts it, as everyone mouths the words to Kelly Clarkson's hit Stronger.
Chris Rumble, who's been told he has an immature form of leukemia, shot all of his footage on Saturday. He edited it and put the finished product on YouTube on Sunday. It has had some 65,000 views within the past 48 hours.
The former member of the North American Hockey League's Wenatchee Wild told Chittim and Seattle's KING 5 News, "Everyone was genuinely happy on Saturday when were filming that and all the parents were just happy too, which was kind of a relief for parents to see their kids having fun."
The fact Rumble is planning to carry on in hockey at Canisius, a smaller NCAA Division I program in Buffalo, after going through chemotherapy is inspiring enough. But it might have a hard time matching the motivation he provided to some very brave young people and their families. Talk about someone paying it forward.
Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.