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Caps' success helps woman battling cancer foresee victory for team, herself

Judith McNelis, Caps fan. (ABC7)

A “Rock the Red” sign hangs on the front door of Judith McNelis’ Alexandria home.

She and her son, Kevin, have been Washington Capitals fans for decades.

“It’s a roller coaster ride!” She said, of being a fan for so long, smiling. “It’s got its great excitement and moments and then, of course, some huge disappointments.”

For McNelis, this season that unpredictable ride as a fan was felt in her personal life.

“It’s very hard to talk about it,” she said. “I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in February, which is a very aggressive form of cancer and has very limited treatment.”

In her fight, through the surgeries and chemotherapy, she turned to a treatment all her own.

“Being able to watch the Caps, who I’ve loved for all these years, and to see them being successful, helps me to look forward to things,” she said.

Still undergoing chemotherapy, McNelis hasn’t missed watching a game.

“We as a team, and as a Caps family, have wanted this moment for so long. And it gives us all positive energy,” McNelis said.

She’s looking forward to Thursday and hoping her team gets a chance to hoist the Stanley Cup.

“They’re very positive and I’m very positive. And we all know that there is going to be victory at the end of the road for them and for me,” she said, smiling.

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