NHL Star and Lymphoma Survivor Mario Lemieux Makes Patient’s Day



Happening now! Wish kid Lily is skating with her idol, Mario Lemieux! She has always had a love for hockey and the Pittsburgh Penguins. After being diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma – the same cancer that Lemieux was diagnosed with and overcame during his NHL career – Lily felt a special connection with him and admired him for being a fellow survivor. And now, not only can she say she's met him, but she can say she's skated with him, too! (Mario Lemieux, Make-A-Wish South Carolina)

Posted by Make-A-Wish Greater PA and WV on Monday, February 27, 2017

Former Pittsburgh Penguin and NHL star, Mario Lemieux, teamed up with the Make-a-Wish Foundation to make a young fan’s dream come true. Despite living in South Carolina, sixteen-year-old Lily Tarasiewicz has always been a Pittsburgh Penguins fan. That might be because she shares more than a love of hockey with her hockey hero, Mario Lemieux—they are both Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivors.

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According to a report in Pittsburgh magazine, Lily got to hit the ice with her idol. She was reluctant at first, before allowing Lemieux to guide her. The Make-a-Wish Foundation arranged for Lily and her family to travel to Pittsburgh to meet Lemieux who was only too happy to meet a fellow lymphoma survivor.

In October 2015, Lily was diagnosed with stage 3B Hodgkin’s lymphoma and fought hard against the disease. She underwent chemotherapy and radiation therapy and is now in remission. Read the rest of this story here. 

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