Fort Wayne Komets Hold Alumni Game To Benefit Jets Defenseman Fighting Cancer
Braydin Lewis, a Metro Jets player and Fort Wayne, Ind., native, is battling the unthinkable. Lewis was diagnosed with glioblastoma. Glioblastoma is an aggressive type of cancer that affects the brain. Lewis underwent emergency surgery on June 2 to remove a malignant brain tumor.
Lewis has been a player on the Metro Jets since 2020. Even with Lewis playing in Michigan, the
Fort Wayne Spacemen wanted to find a way to help support Lewis. August 20 was a day filled with lots of hockey, a public skate, a silent auction table, and a bake sale, etc. to help raise funds for the Lewis family. All proceeds throughout the day went to the Lewis family.
The day started with an Ironman tournament. Jared Fisher a Fort Wayne Spacemen alumni and
Logan Robins along with Cam Perry, who currently play for the Fort Wayne Spacemen, helped show their support for Lewis by playing in the Ironman tournament.
The night ended with a fundraiser game between the Battle Ready Warriors vs. Fort Wayne Komets Alumni. The day was already special for the Lewis family, but it was extra special on the ice for the Battle Ready Warriors vs. Fort Wayne Komets Alumni game. Adam Lewis, Braydin’s father, is a Fort Wayne Komets alumni.
Even though Lewis’ father was on the other bench for the fundraiser game he was on the same team of many Komet alumni who traveled to Fort Wayne for the fundraiser game to help support Lewis.
The Battle Ready Warriors was a team of Braydin’s closest friends. Gavin Watkins, Lewis’
friend, was the coach for the Battle Ready Warriors team. Corbin Schiebel, a former Fort Wayne Spacemen player, was on Battle Ready Warriors team. Schiebel and Lewis have been friends for many years.
The Fort Wayne Komets Alumni team was composed of players from current and previous years. Olivier Legault, Fort Wayne Komets assistant coach, was the head coach for the Fort
Wayne Komet Alumni Team. Jamie Lovell, who is the associate head coach of the Metro Jets, was on the opposing team of Lewis. Lovell is also a Fort Wayne Komets alumni.
Kaleigh Schrock, Fort Wayne Spacemen head coach, was part of the Komets alumni team as well. Schrock and many others involved helped organize the fundraiser event.
The Metro Jets helped provide jerseys for the Battle Ready Warriors team. Socks were provided for the Komets alumni team from the Metro Jets. Although both teams were competing against each other during the game everyone was there for one reason.
Everyone was on Team Braydin Lewis.
Over $26,000 was raised for the Lewis family in just one day. If you would like to support the Lewis family, you can donate to the gofundme at https://www.gofundme.com/f/braydin-lewis-vs-cancer.