Providence Forward Battling Cancer
CHN Staff Report
PROVIDENCE, R.I. Providence junior forward Drew Brown has returned to his Michigan home to receive treatment for Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, the school said today.
“My family and my teammates have been great,” Brown said. “I have had so much support from them and that’s made a tough situation a lot easier.”
Brown recently began chemotherapy treatment at the University of Michigan’s University Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich.
“Drew is in for a big fight but he’s as tough and as hardworking as they come,” Providence coach Nate Leaman said. “I have known Drew and his family for several years and we will be there to support them however we can in the coming year.”
Brown had two goals and six points in 16 games last season. He played in all three of Providence’s Hockey East playoff games before being sidelined with an injury in the Hockey East semifinals.
While receiving treatment for that injury, an MRI revealed the tumor.
“The [Providence College] training and medical staff was there every step of the way, trying to figure out what was wrong,” Brown added. “I'm glad our sports medicine department takes such pride in caring for their athletes and found this tumor early because of their persistence.”
Brown has played 75 games over his three seasons, with 10 goals and 32 points.