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Maple Leafs fan Bobby Desmond lives out lifelong dream

A Maple Leafs superfan from Halifax was able to live out a lifelong dream last night thanks to an anonymous benefactor.

Bobby Desmond even fist bumped the team

A Maple Leafs superfan from Halifax was able to live out a lifelong dream last night, thanks to an anonymous benefactor.

Northwood resident Bobby Desmond watched his favourite team beat the Ottawa Senators Sunday night at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

The 63-year-old man has cerebral palsy and lives in a continuing care facility, where his love of the Leafs is evident. Desmond's room is covered in Leafs swag. A glass case with Leafs memorabilia, including a goalie mask and a jersey, takes centre stage across from his bed.

Banners, flags and towels all bearing the Leafs logo cover his bedroom and bathroom walls. Even his tissue box and waste paper basket have the Leafs symbol.

Desmond needed caregivers from his nursing home to accompany him to the game, including Josie Ryan.

She says Desmond was overwhelmed by the anonymous donation that allowed the group to travel to Toronto. 

"He was pretty tearful when he was talking about it. He was wondering if he'd ever get to know who donated the trip for him. He'll go back and he'd like to say thanks," she said.

Desmond was able to visit the Hockey Hall of Fame, appeared on the Jumbotron and even fist bumped the team.

He became a fan of the Leafs the last time they won a cup: 48 years ago. 

The mysterious donor covered the airfare and hotel. Rogers Communications paid for tickets to the game.


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