FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) – 19-year-old Braydin Lewis, son of Former Komet player Adam Lewis, passed away late Saturday night in the company of friends and family after battling an aggressive form of brain cancer.
“It’s unimaginable what that family’s going through right now, and we all feel for Adam and his family,” Ben Boudreau said.
Braydin was diagnosed with Glioblastoma last summer, a cancerous brain tumor that rapidly grows and can spread throughout the brain.
At the time, Braydin was in his third season with the Metro Jets in the U.S. Premier Hockey League. Despite the cancer diagnosis, Braydin would play six games that season while undergoing treatment, scoring three goals along the way.
Komets head coach Ben Boudreau says he was an inspiration to everyone.
“He even played in his own game last summer and I couldn’t believe how good of a hockey player he was and to see how quickly that disease took over and how rapidly his health declined, I mean, it’s scary,” Boudreau said.
Boudreau says when they learned of Braydin’s diagnosis, a Komet Alumni game was organized to raise money for Braydin’s treatment. Braydin and his family were also recognized at the Komets Fight Cancer Night earlier in the season.
Boudreau says, even though it was a difficult time, Komets players and coaches were there to help support Braydin.
“You start developing a tighter relationship knowing that when one of your own’s going through something, that’s how you bond together,” Boudreau said.
Sunday, the Komets won their final regular season game of the season. Boudreau dedicates the win to Braydin and says members of the Komets will always be there for the Lewis family.
“We all love them and like I said, this is something that you can’t imagine happening to one of your own,” Boudreau said. “So, when an event like this happens you have to embrace each other and rely on each other to get through it.”