The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada

The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada

January 23, 2008 15:00 ET

Six Year Old an Honorary Member of the Toronto Maple Leafs Thanks to The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada

AJAX, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 23, 2008) - Jordan Primeau, a child fighting leukemia, was granted his life-long wish to meet the Toronto Maple Leafs by The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada (CWF) this week.

The CWF teamed up with TSN and the Leafs hockey team to grant this extraordinary wish. On Tuesday, January 15, TSN sportscaster James Duthie traveled to Lively, south of Sudbury, to surprise Jordan in his classroom at St. James School. Duthie informed Jordan that he was the winner of the biggest Leafs fan contest.

Later that day, Jordan viewed a video message from Leafs coach Paul Maurice and some of the players. He learned that he was the new honorary player of the team. "He was so excited," says mother Shannon. "Ever since he was two, his dream has been to meet the Leafs."

On Monday, Jordan traveled with his mother, father Dan and his five-year old brother Zackery in a limousine to Toronto where he attended a Leafs' practice and met the players. He received a special tour of the dressing room and was showered with gifts - jerseys, hockey sticks and pucks - signed by the players. On Wednesday evening, the Primeau family will watch the Toronto Maple Leafs battle the Washington Capitals. Prior to the game, TSN will broadcast a feature on his battle with cancer and his wish to meet the Leafs.

"We will be eternally grateful to the Foundation and to TSN. I don't know how to begin to say thank you. Today, you have made Jordan's dream come true," says his mother Shannon.

"One day when this is over, he will be able to say, "I beat cancer and I met the Toronto Maple Leafs.""

Diagnosed with leukemia when he was 18 months, Jordan underwent two and a half years of treatment and suffered two relapses. By 2006, the cancer had spread to his nervous system damaging his optic nerve and causing him to loose 85 percent of his vision. He has one more year of chemotherapy treatment.

"When children and families are faced with the challenge of a high-risk, life threatening illness, we will do anything we can do to create a memory that will last a lifetime and enhance the quality of life," says Sandra Hancox, the CWF's Ontario Chapter Director. "We go to extraordinary lengths to make sure the wish is perfect in the eyes of the child."

The CWF is a national not-for-profit organization that grants wishes to children between the ages of three and 18 with high-risk life threatening illnesses. Since 1984, The Foundation has granted nearly 13,200 wishes to children across the country.

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