More than a Game: Pats Wins a Way for NH Mom to Take Mind off Cancer Battle


Kelli McKenna is a Durham wife, mom, and HUGE New England Patriots fan that was diagnosed with breast cancer in September of last year.

With the current form of chemotherapy McKenna is receiving, she lost her hair. But, she didn't lose her passion for the game. In fact, watching each game and celebrating takes her mind off her current struggle.

"The Morning Wakeup" with Nazzy and Tara on 98.3 LNH on Monday got a chance to chat with McKenna about her passion for the Patriots.

McKenna said that each week in the football season marks a week closer to the end of her cancer treatment journey. Each time the Patriots play, it's a celebration at the McKenna household.

She's such a superfan: on her bucket list is to get a New England Patriots tattoo. While shopping for decorations for the AFC Championship game, McKenna picked up a temporary tattoo of the Patriots logo. She removed her wig, placed the temporary tattoo on the back of her beautiful, bald head, and posted the picture to Twitter.

It didn't take long for the picture to make its rounds and get recognized by the New England Patriots. They were so inspired by her bravery, they invited McKenna to Gillette Stadium to watch the AFC Championship game in person. The TB12 organization also set McKenna up with some swag to keep her warm for the game and while receiving chemo treatment.


You can listen to the full interview below.

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