Super Bowl Sunday brought a lot of the usual talk about strength, and courage, and determination, and of course "battles". Those words were fitting on that day, but not for the reasons you may think. It had nothing to do with the 49'ers or Ravens.
I never met Anthony Kashi, but I knew his story. The 11-year old Parma hockey player had courageously battled brain cancer for five years, somehow still competing in hockey and soccer through much of that battle, and last November, his Parma team took the ice against Rocky River for a benefit game in Anthony's honor, an event we profiled on 19 Action News.
Sunday morning, one week shy of his 12th birthday, Anthony lost his battle. Word quickly spread, through the many people he inspired, and the hockey communities he brought together. He will be greatly missed, even by those of us who didn't meet him, but knew his story.
Strength. Courage. Determination. Yes, those words fit perfectly.