Blues fan, cancer fighter Arianna Dougan has died

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ST. LOUIS, MO – A young St. Louis girl who shared a special friendship with Blues superstar Vladimir Tarasenko passed away Saturday morning following a long battle with cancer. Arianna Dougan,  Ari as she is known, was 11 years old. She was first diagnosed with neuroblastoma at the age of three and had faced several relapses.

Ari and Vladimir Tarasenko first met a couple of years ago at a Hockey Fights Cancer event and she formed a friendship with the Blues right winger. On her 11th birthday in February 2017, Ari visited the Blues locker room, where she was invited to join Tarasenko as his guest to fly with the St. Louis Blues to Arizona and Colorado for a two-game road trip.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

More information: Fight Like Arianna on Facebook