For most 11-year-old boys, the prospect of getting out of bed early in the morning is a chore, but for Carter Holmes, Friday was a big exception.
That’s because Holmes, who is in remission after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in June, was granted an incredible wish by the Make-A-Wish Foundation on Friday, skating with the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center before their game against the Los Angeles Kings.
“It was like a dream,” he said.
Holmes got a chance to meet and hang out with all of the Blackhawks, including his favorite player Patrick Kane.
“Sometimes you’re just playing hockey and worried about the business aspect of it, but days like today, you can take a step back and realize there’s more important things out there,” Kane said.
Holmes’ family got to share the special day with him, and they were thankful that his improving health meant that he could experience the special day.
“When he first got diagnosed with cancer, his big fear was no more hockey, which is his life,” his mother Tricia Holmes said. “So to be out there with the guys skating, that was everything to him.”
Holmes will also participate in the team’s “Hockey Fights Cancer” event on Sunday, where he will be joined by other kids who have battled, or are battling, cancer in a pregame ceremony. The kids will get to stand on the ice with the Blackhawks during the National Anthem.