Ottawa Senators host Van Essen brothers
Corey and Jessie guests of Eugene Melnyk after mother dies, fundraising campaign
Two brothers from Ottawa who launched a successful campaign to get respite care back are the special guests of the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.
Jessie Van Essen, age 22, is blind and living with cognitive and physical disabilities including neurofibromatosis, which makes him more prone to tumours.
His 20-year-old brother Corey became his caregiver in December 2012 when their mother died.
CBC News shared their story in January as it appeared their Ottawa Rotary Home adult respite care program would close because of a lack of funding, but the following week the province announced it would provide a funding boost to keep it running.
The brothers received many offers of help, which included an offer from Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk to be his guests at Wednesday's morning skate and game against the New York Islanders.
You can see what happened when the brothers met Craig Anderson, Ales Hemsky, Matt Kassian and others by watching the video in our player.