WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Jets may have won Tuesday night’s home game against the Dallas Stars but a seven-year-old cancer patient won everyone’s heart.
Alyx Delaloye drew the crowd’s attention with her sign “Chemo by day… Jets by night,” which was featured on the jumbotron during the game.
“It was awesome and amazing,” Alyx said. “The most fun I ever had.”
Both the Winnipeg Jets and Dallas Stars players started banging their sticks on the ice after seeing Alyx and her sign. The crowd also gave her a standing ovation.
Alyx was diagnosed with cancer in July 2014 when she was just six years old. She has undergone chemotherapy at CancerCare Manitoba in Winnipeg since. Her mom drives in with her several times a week from Neepawa, 170 kilometres west of Winnipeg, for treatments.
Shortly after Alyx was diagnosed, her uncle organized a benefit social and the Winnipeg Jets donated tickets for the event. Alyx won the tickets, got the OK from CancerCare and her family made the two hour trek in from Neepawa Tuesday night for her first Jets game.
Alyx was so transfixed by the jumobtron, she didn’t even notice the players on both teams saluting her.
“Just seeing her on the big screen and the smile on her face, she was so excited and it was just nice seeing her smile through all these rough times,” said Jody Delaloye, Alyx’s mom.
After the game, Jets forward Jim Slater tweeted about Alyx trying to track her down.
“Hopefully get her to another game here,” said Winnipeg Jets forward Jim Slater. “Her and her family and get her down here to meet some guys, because those are the real heros and the battlers.”
Fighting a battle and inspiring many along the way.
“It’s pretty special because it’s quite a journey we’re going through, pretty rough, so it’s nice to have something like this shine through,” said Delaloye.