At least in Canada, anyway. And if you don’t count the tragedy in Haiti, because quite frankly, that’s not playing fair, no contest!
Yes, I was going to blog about how Pakistanis must donate to Haiti (and I will within the next 24 hours) but this story caught the eye and, well…welled it up.
Photo Credit: RON SCHEFFLER/THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR
So here you have Tucker Patterson, who has not yet reached his third birthday but is terminally ill with the rare Leigh disease.
He and his family are big hockey fans – so much so that he is himself named after Canadian (and former Leaf) Darcy Tucker.
He can’t play, though, for his motor functions have been devastated and he can neither walk, talk, or eat. His father’s dream of being a hockey dad seemed destined to remain simply a dream.
Especially when the family’s request to take Tucker onto the rink in their hometown of Hamilton was denied.
Enter the Maple Leafs, and hey presto, this morning was an emotional and joyous moment for the family as Tucker was rolled around the Air Canada Centre by his twin sister and beamed in delight as he was surrounded by superstar after superstar.
Watch the video here. (CBC – the CTV clip, the one I found better, is linked to below.)
Call me sappy, but there’s just something about a dying kid who gets his last wish fulfilled that makes me both incredibly happy and sad.
Look at this video by CTV. He’s smiling, and there’s the mother talking about how incredible this is for her because ‘I will never be able to walk him to school.’ She can’t stop her tears from shining in her eyes. The dad can’t stop smiling. Tucker can’t stop smiling. It’s a great story, and it’s a brilliant example of little acts of kindness that light up one’s day. Big businesses are not necessarily bad; in fact, to their credit, the Maple Leafs franchise hasn’t tried to pull any positive publicity and goodwill out of this. Nothing on their website. Just like Sylvia and Up; just a ray of sunshine.
Well done, Maple Leafs. And thank you.