“To the woman I’m trying to find, you’ve changed my life and now I want to find you to say thank you so much,” wrote Hamilton. The woman was one of the spectators of the Seattle Kraken versus the Vancouver Canucks game on October 23. She discovered a suspicious mole on the neck of the kit attendant in front of her and tried desperately to get his attention.
Finally she wrote a message on her cell phone. She held the cell phone display up to the pane separating the Canucks’ bench viewers for Hamilton to read. “The mole on the back of your neck may be cancer. Please go to a doctor! “
Hamilton’s letter to his unknown savior spread quickly and within an hour she was located. It was Nadia Popovici, 22, who was recently admitted to medical school. Hamilton was overjoyed at a press conference. “The only reason for the letter was because I really wanted to let her know that her persistence and everything she did was taken seriously.”
Hamilton himself had never noticed the dangerous mole. During the examination, however, it turned out to be malignant melanoma, also known as black skin cancer. The doctors removed the malignant tumor.
Hamilton therefore celebrated Popovici as a “heroine”. She is an “incredible person who took the time to notice something worrying and then find a way to draw attention to it during the chaos of an ice hockey game”.
On Saturday evening (local time), Popovici and Hamilton met in person for another game between the Canucks and the Kraken in Seattle. Popovici told Hamilton, “What an incredible way to start my path into medical school! That is invaluable. ” She is so happy for Hamilton “that you have had it examined”.
During the game, when Popovici wore an octopus shirt, both teams announced that they would be supporting Popovici’s medical studies with $ 10,000.