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Updated: Sun, 14 Apr 2013 12:46:30 GMT | By CBC News,

Stanley Cup on display for girl fighting rare brain cancer

Stanley Cup on display for girl fighting rare brain cancer

The Stanley Cup was on display at a sports bar in Ottawa on Saturday afternoon to help raise funds for a nine-year-old hockey player battling a rare form of brain cancer.

Vienna Arbic was practicing with her novice hockey team, the Cheetahs, in November when she fell and suffered a concussion.

In the weeks that followed, Vienna felt sick, tired, and kept getting headaches. Doctors said she had colds or flus, but the symptoms never stopped.

She was finally diagnosed with a brain tumour after visiting several physicians.

"It's hard, because I can't go to school, I can't play hockey," Vienna said in an interview Friday inside her room at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. "I never used to go to the hospital. Now I'm in here a lot."

"It was terrible," said Richard Arbic, Vienna's father. "It was the blackest moment of my life."

Tumour inoperable, doctors say

Doctors can't operate on the tumour because of its size and location. Instead, Vienna is undergoing chemotherapy, which will be followed by radiation.

"That's the worst thing you can be told, that your child has an inoperable tumour," said her mother, Sherry Arbic. "But there's hope. They are fixing her."

Vienna's doctors say the tumour is shrinking. She has two more rounds of chemotherapy remaining before she starts her five weeks of radiation.

"I'm feeling better because now I know I might survive this," Vienna said. "I'm surviving right now, and I'm doing really good."

Stanley Cup displayed at Tailgators

Her hockey team is playing in the Nepean Girls Hockey Association playoffs this weekend. They've been rallying around her, organizing "Victory for Vienna" fundraisers.

The Stanley Cup was on display at Tailgators, a sports bar on Merivale Road, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Vienna and her family were there.

And she says she hopes she'll be playing hockey again soon.

"I really miss hockey," Vienna said. "Hockey was a big thing for me, because I played all the time.

"All my family and everybody's been helping me and supporting me, and helping me get through this. And that's what I'm also thankful for."

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