40-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Learns to Play Hockey

by: cancercompass

As a teenager growing up in Erie, PA., Eric Naughton became a diehard Pittsburgh Penguins fan when his father installed an antenna originally intended to watch the Canadian broadcasts of the 1986 FIFA World Cup. Because they were Canadian broadcasts, Naughton was also able to watch Hockey Night in Canada.

"I always wanted to play as a kid and never could because it was too expensive and then as I kind of grew up you kind of start thinking, 'Oh, these guys they have 10 years of skating on me. How am I ever going to be able to learn to play hockey?' so you just kind of blow it off thinking you can never do it," Naughton told Yahoo! Sports last month.

After learning that he had Hodgkin's lymphoma back in 2007, the now 40-year-old cancer survivor is pursuing his dream and learning to play the sport he always wanted to play but never had the chance.

A filmmaker in Los Angeles, Naughton is also shooting a documentary about his journey titled: Life, Cancer and the Pursuit of Hockey. His story will conclude with him playing at the Pittsburgh Penguins fantasy camp in February 2011

To learn more about the cancer featured in this post, please visit our hodgkin's disease information page.