Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 2/16/15
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When Kelly Rothe walked into the Red Wings' locker room, she nearly spoiled the surprise that was waiting for her. While the original plan had been to save her favorite player's locker for last, Kelly made a bee line for the "Howard" nameplate before anyone could even think about stopping her. Filled with sheer joy, Kelly began rummaging through a gift bag that sat at the bottom of the goaltender's locker, and nearly jumped out of her shoes when she looked up and saw who stood before her. "These are for you," said Jimmy Howard, handing a beautiful bouquet of flowers to his biggest fan. Kelly's reaction was priceless. "Oh my God, Jimmy Howard just gave me flowers," she said, tears beginning to fill her eyes. Tears, smiles and laughter filled the room as Kelly and her family enjoyed the entire experience. Just for a moment, they could forget about the disease that changed their lives forever and the ticking bomb on the 20-year-old's chest. Kelly inherited the BRCA1 gene, which greatly...
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