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.