A 12-year-old Winnipeg boy who's battling cancer had a reason to smile on Friday: an anonymous donor gave him three tickets to that night's Jets game at the MTS Centre.
Wolfgang Hudson, who has autism, has undergone rounds of radiation and chemotherapy since he was diagnosed with cancer this past summer.
"We couldn't believe that he had it. It was on the side of his neck over there … he had this big giant ball there," said his father, William Hudson.
Hudson said Wolfgang's 10 siblings are worried about what could happen to him.
"When the kids started learning about it in school, some of them were scared, too, because they were scared to lose their brother," he said.
The lump in Wolfgang's neck has shrunk in size, and doctors might perform surgery to remove it — a procedure that Hudson said comes with risk.
"They're not too sure if he'll be able to use his arm or not, if he'll even be able to move it at all," he said.
An anonymous Winnipeg Jets season-ticket holder who learned of Wolfgang's story donated three tickets to Friday night's game against the Vancouver Canucks.
It will be Wolfgang's first time at the MTS Centre, said his father, as the boy donned a Jets jersey his doctors gave him for completing radiation treatment.
"Never thought about taking him somewhere like that, eh? So thanks for doing this for him. It's pretty nice," Hudson said.