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Providence College hockey player Drew Brown battling cancer

05.15.14 at 12:25 pm ET
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Providence College junior forward Drew Brown has left school to receive treatment for Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, the school announced Thursday.

“My family and my teammates have been great,” Brown said in a statement. “I have had so much support from them and that’s made a tough situation a lot easier.”

Brown suffered a lower-body injury in the Friars’ Hockey East semifinal game back on March 21, and the tumor was found during an MRI of that injury. He recently returned home to Michigan to begin chemotherapy at the University of Michigan’s University Hospital in Ann Arbor.

“The [Providence College] training and medical staff was there every step of the way, trying to figure out what was wrong,” Brown said. “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 played 16 games this past season, posting two goals and four assists. In three years with the Friars, he has registered 10 goals and 22 assists in 75 games.

“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.”

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