Deborah Lew of LAKings.com wrote a story earlier this week about how brain tumors have affected those within the Los Angeles Kings family. It’s called A Win-Win Fight, and in case you missed it when it was linked at the bottom of yesterday’s game preview, I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read it and learn more about the importance of brain tumor research.

From A Win-Win Fight:

One member of the Kings family who is familiar with the importance of brain tumor research is Samantha Lin, who has been a Kings season seat holder for the past six years. Samantha’s older brother, Sean Dunn, was diagnosed with Oligodendroglioma, Grade 2 with an area for Grade 3, and Samantha remembers watching her husband play hockey as she got the call from her mother.

Sean’s original tumor was the size of a grapefruit, and after his first surgery, it was discovered during an MRI that 15% of the tumor still remained. Eight years later, in 2011, the tumor grew to the size of a lemon.

“The reason it came back, more than anything, was that the technology wasn’t there,” Samantha declares.

When Sean had surgery to remove the second tumor, doctors were able to use an MRI in the middle of the procedure to determine they had gotten the entire mass, something that technology didn’t afford in 2003.

“Knowing that the research that had been done in that eight years was what made my brother stay alive today, made us want to raise what funds we could,” Samantha said regarding her eagerness to participate in the Walk.

If you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation, learn more about brain tumor research, or join the Kings team and take part in this Saturday’s Brain Tumor Walk, click here.

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