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by Paul on 11/30/11 at 03:46 PM ET
from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,
Like kids his age battling cancer and other childhood diseases, smiles can often be hard to come by in Riley Wild’s world. But for one day last March, he managed to forget the 40 weeks of chemotherapy than made him nauseous for days, and more than 30 radiation treatments that his young body had to endure after doctors removed a softball-sized tumor from his abdomen.
Once he felt up to it, Riley’s wish was to skate with the Red Wings. What he got was a dream come true when his favor player, center Pavel Datsyuk, spent nearly an hour with him on the ice, giving him tips on shooting, puck-handling, and more.
“When I first got out there, I was nervous,” Riley recalled. “But then it wasn’t as bad.”
It was a day Riley will never forget. And one that earned the Red Wings’ organization national recognition as a world champion for children.
Last month, the Wings received a 2011 Chris Greicius Celebrity Award from the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. The award symbolizes the essence of the Make-A-Wish mission, which is to grant wishes to every qualified child, while enhancing the quality of life with hope, strength and joy.
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