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Senators fan on 60th week of chemo gets special gift from Borowiecki

Ottawa defenseman noticed Bria Roberts' sign in warmups, gave her signed puck

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / Staff Writer

It was a good day for Bria Roberts even before she got a signed puck from her favorite defenseman.

The 13-year-old Ottawa Senators superfan was through 60 weeks of her 70-week chemotherapy treatment and brought a sign to their game Thursday to mark the event.

Mark Borowiecki took notice.

He left the ice during warmups, signed a puck, called her over to photographer's hole in the glass and handed it to her along with some well wishes.

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"He wrote (on the puck) the date and 60th chemo and signed it love Mark and Tara (his wife's name)," Bria told "When you have 70 weeks to do, to only have 10 left is exciting."

In November of 2018, Bria was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Surgery was not an option. Her mother, April, said Bria has responded to treatment and her beloved Senators have been an integral part of that.

"The Senators have been her saving grace through this journey," April Roberts told "If she isn't at the game she is watching on TV with her jersey on."

She started attending games as part of a program with the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), which gave out tickets to patients. Both CHEO and Canadian Tire Centre are about a two hour drive from their home in Kingston, Ontario, so it is usually a dual stop in Ottawa.

She quickly fell in love with the Senators. At one game, April said, a stranger handed Bria his purple Bobby Ryan "Hockey Fights Cancer" jersey.

It is the one she still wears.

Ryan, of course, is Bria's favorite forward.

"I always tell my doctors," Bria said. "Everytime I walk into the Canadian Tire Centre all my worries go away."

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