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Wild's Dowell, family battling slowest of killers

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07:29 AM ET 09.24 | The weight on Jake Dowell's shoulders can get to his coach. "Sometimes ... you get choked up by the thought of what he's going through," coach Mike Yeo said. Dowell's father and only brother are dying. They're both in the final stages of Huntington's disease, a neurological disorder that over the course of a decade or more debilitates a person physically and cognitively until they die. There is a 50-50 chance that Dowell, 28, a Wild checker who has played 156 NHL games, has inherited the same gene. In the next year or two, Dowell plans to go with his wife, Carly, and his champion of a mother, Vicki, to have a blood test and learn what his future holds. ... "Absolutely, I'm scared," Dowell said. "It scares the heck out of me to look at my dad and brother and think that potentially one day could be me."

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September 24, 2013  08:14 AM ET

Wow... Horrible! I can't begin to imagine what this dude feels.

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September 24, 2013  09:18 AM ET

I cannot even inagine....and the poor mom

September 24, 2013  09:19 AM ET
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He's obviously 100x tougher than I am because i'd be losing my mind at this point.

Me too. Thoughts and prayers for this guy and his family.

September 24, 2013  09:29 AM ET

That's a heluva cross to bear for anyone.

September 24, 2013  09:39 AM ET

Absolutely horrible disease. I just witnessed someone go through the "final stages" and I sincerely don't know how this guy plays at a high level while watching his brother and father going through it. My best to him.

September 24, 2013  09:48 AM ET

This gives you a little bit better idea of what's important in this world. I hope and pray for a miracle for his dad and brother and that he and his wife are spared tragedy. I can't imagine the strength of his mother who has watched this happen to her husband and other son. If anyone deserves a miracle this family sure does.

September 24, 2013  10:02 AM ET

and he just keeps pushing on.........wow.
God Bless.

September 24, 2013  10:50 AM ET
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I cannot even inagine....and the poor mom

With a story of this importance, you'd think they'd be sensitive enough to give the man his own picture instead of Sam Gagner wearing green pants.

Stupid and insensitive!

September 24, 2013  11:48 AM ET
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With a story of this importance, you'd think they'd be sensitive enough to give the man his own picture instead of Sam Gagner wearing green pants. Stupid and insensitive!

did you see the name over the dooor when we walked in here?

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September 24, 2013  06:21 PM ET

I don't have the words, that's just crazy.

 
September 24, 2013  09:53 PM ET
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Me too. Thoughts and prayers for this guy and his family.

Very well thought, and me too.

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