DENVER (CBS4)– A young cancer patient and hockey fan celebrated a lifelong wish that finally came true; he toured the Denver metro area with the Stanley Cup.
Logan Piz has been battling cancer since Nov. 2012 with surgery and chemotherapy. On Wednesday the 13-year-old went to his doctor’s office for what he thought was a checkup. Instead, he got the surprise of his life.
“A little surprise for ya,” said the Stanley Cup handler.
“That’s amazing,” said Logan.
The Stanley Cup was his for the day. It was enough to make the teenager cry.
“It’s just been my dream since…” said Logan as he fought back tears.
Logan lives for hockey but a rare bone cancer has sidelined him for the season.
His teammates shaved their heads in solidarity as Logan battled cancer.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation made his dream come true, giving him the 35-pound silver chalice that was his for the day.
“It’s actually pretty overwhelming for him,” said Logan’s father.
Logan was delighted to share the Stanley Cup with other young patients at The Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children.
“It’s really amazing. I can’t stop crying,” said Logan. “Which is just a little bit embarrassing.”
He also escorted hockey’s holy grail to a reception with his hockey brothers and others. Logan even rubbed elbows with Colorado Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
Logan’s motto throughout his cancer treatment has been “Love Hope Fight.”
He has nine more rounds of chemotherapy. The hope is after the treatment he’ll be cancer free. Once that happens his doctors will consider clearing him to get back on the ice this fall.
But until then, getting this close to the Stanley Cup has inspired Logan to take the next step.
“Makes me want to hop back on the ice and go back out there and try to go win it again when I’m older,” said Logan.
The next time Logan hopes to be able to hoist the cup he covets with the name Piz etched into hockey history.
LINK: Make-A-Wish Foundation