The Nova Major Bantams’ Jan. 6 game in Antigonish, versus Truro, included their opportunity to host a ‘Wear It For Wishes’ game, in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation.
On hand for the game and dropping a ceremonial opening face-off was Daniel Bond, this year’s wish child. Daniel was made an honorary member of the 2017-18 Novas and presented with a custom Novas’ jersey, by head coach Mike Stewart, just prior to the game.
Seven-year-old Daniel, who had his right leg amputated in 2015 as he battled the rare and aggressive form of bone cancer known as Ewing Sarcoma, will be traveling to Disney World later this year with his family.
“This wish, to us, means we made it,” Daniel’s mother Karen said, in a release from the Children’s Wish Foundation.
“All major surgeries are done and over with and it’s time to move on and live.”
All proceeds from the game, as well as game-time donations, went towards the Novas’ contribution to the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League’s (NSMBHL) donation to the Children’s Wish Foundation. The Wear It For Wishes program is now in its second year and, with it, each team, in the 12-team league, hosts a game, which includes wearing special uniforms, as the Novas did that evening.
Last season, the NSMBHL raised more than $25,000.
“This year we’re hoping to raise more than that,” Novas’ president Shane MacIsaac said about the league’s goal.
“There are two sets of jerseys which will go right across the province and it [all money raised] is presented to the Children’s Wish Foundation at our annual golf tournament in Halifax.”