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Make-A-Wish brings Stanley Cup, and tears of joy, to 13-year-old boy

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Logan Piz rested on a couch while gaggles of giddy hospital interlopers crowded between him and the object of his affection.

Nurses hugged it. Doctors leaned on it. Puffed-up chests of security guards reflected off it. Preschool patients dragged their IV stands over to pose next to it.

Logan didn’t mind. His whole idea of the Stanley Cup is to share it.

To the 13-year-old cancer patient and hockey fanatic, the most famous trophy in sports stands for community. All the locker rooms, all the coaches, all the basement-carpet floor hockey games, all the teammates who ever laid stick to puck.

Piz got the Cup for a day as his ultimate wish, but he was happiest when other people got to touch it.

“I can’t stop crying,” Piz said, a few minutes after being handed the sacred trophy. Just the night before, Piz was recuperating from chemotherapy and watching the NHL playoffs on TV, when they flashed old footage of the Cup. How amazing would it be if his longtime wish to hold it and share it came true, he thought.

And then Wednesday, as he sat in his doctor’s office at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at what he thought was a routine checkup, it did.

“It took me by surprise,” he said.

Piz was playing his usual winger spot with the Arvada Hockey Association last fall when he got a cough he couldn’t beat and then the flu. An X-ray revealed a large chest tumor, a rare case of Ewing’s sarcoma.

Logan’s parents were terrified when Make-A-Wish suggested they write down their son’s dream day — did that mean he was terminal? Thankfully, no, they found out. After Logan’s surgery and chemo course, his prognosis is good.

Discover Financial Services used one of its corporate sponsorship days with the Cup to bring it to Piz.

Piz left the hospital in a limo and took the Cup to a big crowd at Arvada’s Apex rink to show his buddies and friends who have bought tickets for family medical fundraisers.

Piz will make it long past his next birthday, late this month, when his grandmother will make him a three-tiered cake.

In the shape of the Stanley Cup. With ice cream overflowing the top bowl.

Michael Booth
Mile High Mamas
Author: Mile High Mamas

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Comments
  • comment avatar JCC May 16, 2013

    Ive followed this young mans story on 9 news It touched my heart, it makes you stop and think about what’s really important in your life and what’s not….. . My wish is for Logan to make a full recovery, what a brave young man…..

  • comment avatar Rich May 16, 2013

    I know his mother and she is an absolutely amazing women who for years and years has always given so much of herself to help those less fortunate. I also know the family is struggling under a mountain of medical debt.

    If you are moved to contribute, you can by going to first bank and donating to the ‘love hope fight’ fund.

  • comment avatar Chantal May 16, 2013

    Thumbs up to you Logan. You’ve got all my respect.

  • comment avatar Kathryn May 16, 2013

    Logan is a wonderful and selfless young man to not just focus on himself, but to want to share joy with others, and I am sure I join thousands of others in wishing him a quick and complete recovery and a long and healthy life.

    Great story!

  • comment avatar DT May 16, 2013

    Make a Wish is such an awesome organization.
    Thanks!

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