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Ice Bears fan with cancer gets support from team

11:38 PM, Feb 16, 2013   |    comments
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The Knoxville Ice Bears raised money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure with an event named, "Pink in the Rink" Saturday night at the Knoxville Coliseum.

Some of the proceeds from merchandise and other items went towards Komen's mission, which aims to stop breast cancer. The Ice Bears wore pink as did many fans.

For the Ice Bears, the game held a very special meaning too.

Brenda Cox, an Ice Bears fan who has showed up to all but several of the team's games over the last 11 years, recently learned her cancer was progressing throughout her body.

She has battled cancer in her brain, breast and hips since 2008.

"And, now we're battling it in my lungs," Cox said.

Players often call her the team's "grandmother" because of her willingness to bring snacks for them to eat before and after games. Coach Mike Craigen said his team was saddened by the news.

"It was tough to get the news, but were just going to do whatever we can to show her were here for her," he said.

And, the Ice Bears already have.

When Cox announced she would have to shave her head to get ready for chemotherapy last month, Ice Bears teammates and coaches followed suit.

"They're very supportive," she said.

Cox said she is also thankful to the staff at Thompson Oncology for helping her battle cancer.

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