BUFFALO, N.Y. - Chris Rumble says it felt like his world was coming to an end when he was told he had leukemia.
That was almost a year ago, when Rumble was about to celebrate his 22nd birthday. It came as Chris was playing junior hockey for the Wenatchee Wild, across the country from his parents in Chesapeake, Virginia. Chris says he thought his dream of playing college hockey was gone.
Rumble immediately began treatment at the Children's Hospital of Seattle. When he arrived, his mind was taken off his own troubles as he began looking around at the very young patients who were facing the same battle as he.
Chris felt that it was up to him to help them through it, give them some fun and laughter. He turned to a hobby that he had picked up with some of his hockey teammates, making music videos.
Chris enlisted a group of young patients and some of the hospital staff and produced a video to the tune of Kelly Clarkson's hit song "Stronger". He did it to take the kids' minds off their troubles, but what he experienced next was a real eye opener. He posted the video on a couple friend's Facebook pages and when he woke up the next morning found that it already had 47,000 views. It is now over 3 million views.
As for Chris, with his leukemia in remission, he has achieved his dream, as a member of the Canisius College Golden Griffins Hockey team. If you'd like to cheer him and them on, the Griff's open their Atlantic Hockey playoffs Friday night against Bentley, 7:05 at Buffalo State Ice Arena.