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Sid Nelson honored at Pink the Rink event

By Staff | Dec 27, 2013

Submitted Photo Sid Nelson drops the puck on Pink the Rink night at Al Wentz Arena in Rugby. The ceremony honored breast cancer survivors in the area and aimed to increase awareness.

The Bottineau-Rugby hockey team skated in pink jerseys in their Dec. 20 win over Jamestown at Al Wentz Arena in Rugby.

The pretty attire wasn’t just a fashion statement, but a way for the Braves to honor breast cancer survivors in the area and bring awareness on Pink the Rink night. Rugby survivors include 61-year-old Sid Nelson, who was honored before the game and dropped the ceremonial puck.

“I just say, ‘You have to put up the fight,’ ” Nelson said. ” ‘You just have to keep being positive and try not to look at all the negative things around you and have laughter. Stay away from the negative. You have to listen to the information, but kind of block it off too.’ “

Nelson was diagnosed in 2001, went through chemotherapy and radiation and, finally, was able to stop regularly going to doctors in 2008.

Nelson stays involved with Relay for Life and an annual survivors banquet. She said the gatherings are “interesting, exciting, tearful,” and help educate others and provide inspiration to those with cancer.

“You meet so many people and it awakened you, like, ‘Hey, I better start taking care of things.’ ” Nelson said. “And you remember all the people you get to meet through that.”

Her husband, Jon Nelson, was happy to be joined by his two sons, who traveled from Williston and Grand Forks for Pink the Rink.

“The hope is in events like this is the awareness that people need to know early detection is probably still our biggest tool in the arsenal and people need to continually have themselves checked,” Jon Nelson said.

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