December 15, 2010
Griffin Bohan, 5, has a rare incurable form of brain cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, which his mother said affects around 200 children in the U.S. His body changed after nearly a year of radiation and steroid treatment, but his personality remains vibrant.
One of Griffin's wishes was to meet one of his hockey heroes from the Chicago Blackhawks, but hadn't had the chance yet. But while visiting his aunt and uncle last week in Palatine, Ill., Blackhawks center Jake Dowell(notes) drove out and granted that wish. From NBC Chicago, a very touching piece:
Well there's a video that makes it virtually impossible not to tear up ...
Dowell later hosted Griffin and his family at the Blackhawks' 7-5 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night, back in Griffin's home state of Colorado.
This is what so many professional hockey players do, whether there's a camera there or not: They go the extra mile to give someone who needs an emotional lift an incredible level of support. The Detroit Red Wings, for example, made their annual visit to Children's Hospital of Michigan this week. From the Free Press and Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi:
"It puts in perspective how fortunate and lucky we are. Whether it's just a quick little chat with someone, especially kids who have been in there for a long time, seeing a different face, I think it goes a long way."
One look at what Jake Dowell's visit meant to Griffin and his family confirms that.