Jr. Sens Kushneriuk blessed to live after beating cancer twice

By Mitch Bach
May 16, 2019 - 7:33pm

BROOKS, AB — Chris Kushneriuk is beating the odds.

The assistant coach of the Ottawa Jr. Senators is a walking inspiration, having defeated one of the deadliest diseases in the world — twice.

In 2012, while playing in the ECHL, Kushneriuk knew something was wrong. His lower back ached. His energy depleted. That summer, he discovered the problem.

Kushneriuk was diagnosed with stage four testicular cancer. After four chemotherapy treatments, combined with multiple surgeries and unwavering optimism, he was proclaimed 'cancer-free'.

But last year, during his five-year follow-up, a cancerous growth was discovered in his lung. Doctors were quick to extract the mass and rid Kushneriuk of the deadly disease a second time.

CHAT Sports caught up with 32-year-old Kushneriuk during the team's trip to Brooks for the National Junior 'A' Championship to hear his story, how resiliency and optimism helped him beat the odds, and his new-found appreciation for the little things in life.

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