Cancer survivor Bretton Chitwood drops the puck at Seattle Thunderbirds game

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KENT, Wash. — Every year, a resident of the Ronald McDonald House Charities is selected to drop the puck before the Seattle Thunderbirds hockey game.

For the second year in a row, Bretton Chitwood from Lynden got the honor.

Photojournalist Mike Harvey shows why the second time around was extra special.

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"I never thought cancer would bring me this opportunity," Chitwood said. "I know I had it good compared to other kids. I only lost a foot. Some people died. And then some kids lost a hand. Some kids lost their whole leg. And it just feels good that I can represent all the other kids."

The Seattle Thunderbirds Hockey Challenge has raised over 6-million for the Ronald McDonald House over the past twenty years.

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