11-year-old Zach Bennett fell in love with hockey right around the time his health troubles were at their worst. He suffers from neurofibromatosis, a condition that causes tumours to grow on nerve tissue and creates skin and bone abnormalities.
The boy deeply cares about the players he idolizes. The players care right back, and their American Hockey League franchise is willing to go the extra mile — and then some — for the young fan.
In fact, at their final game of the regular season last weekend, the Charlotte Checkers presented Zach and his family with keys to a brand new home.
(READ the story in the Toronto Star)