PROFILE — Hockey fan battling cancer gives special gift to Sidney Crosby
Kid's meeting with his hero was a complete surprise
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Claim to fame
A kid who’s been battling cancer for years has finally seen his dream come true after meeting his favourite hockey player, Sidney Crosby.
Dian Green, who is Anishinaabe from Iskatewizaagegan #39 Independent First Nation in northwestern Ontario, got a surprise video call from Crosby in early April.
Even though they weren’t able to meet in person because of the pandemic, Dian was able to give Crosby a special gift that has connected them.
A Crosby fan since day 1
Dian has been a Crosby fan since he was a baby, according to his mom — even his middle name, Sidney, pays tribute to the player.
Dian has been a Sidney Crosby fan since he first started watching hockey. (Image submitted by Rachel Green).
And although Dian himself is an avid hockey player who loves to skate, he’s had a tough time staying on the ice.
At age two, Dian was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare type of cancer, and was treated with chemotherapy and radiation.
At six, he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. His younger brother was a match for a bone marrow transplant, which was successful.
This past November, he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, and has been in treatment since then.
To make his tough year a little brighter, his mom asked an organization called Dream Factory to make his biggest wish come true.
A complete surprise
Before Dian found out about the call, he asked his mom to bead him a special medallion of the Pittsburgh Penguins logo.
Beadwork is one of Dian’s mom’s special skills. She uses it to help fund expenses such as hospital parking as Dian has gone in and out of treatment. (Image submitted by Rachel Green)
One morning, his mom told him out of the blue that they planned a call with Crosby.
Dian was both amazed and super nervous, and he threw on his beaded medallion right before he got on the call.
On April 14, Crosby took Dian on a virtual on-ice, half hour tour, during which Crosby asked Dian all about the medallion.
Afterward, Dian asked his mom if they could make the three-time Stanley Cup winner a similar medallion and send it to him.
His mom got right to work, and before long, Crosby received his own medallion.
Dian and his mom found out after Crosby posted a photo of himself wearing the medallion to Facebook.
Dian said he was smiling ear to ear when he saw the photo, and is still amazed that he had the opportunity to chat with his hero.
With files from Lenard Monkman/CBC
TOP IMAGE CREDIT: Pittsburgh Penguins/Rachel Green