WINNIPEG – Alyx Delaloye, the seven-year-old battling cancer who charmed Jets fans with her jumbotron appearances in February, returned Sunday with a sign of thanks – and was handed a signed stick by another child in the stands.
WATCH: Alyx Delaloye shows sign of thanks and receives signed stick at Sunday’s Winnipeg Jets game
“Thank you everyone!” Alyx’s new sign said when she appeared on the jumbotron during the Jets’ game against the Los Angeles Kings.
After the game, Keaton Hamin, 9, was given a signed stick by second star Tyler Myers. He later walked up the stairs to hand it to Alyx, who responded by running down the stairs to hug him.
“It was a priceless moment,” said Ken Hamin, Keaton’s proud father.
Keaton’s sister is already the owner of a stick she received at a Jets game so Keaton was pleased to receive his own, and when another boy asked if he was going to keep it, he said yes.
Then Alyx came down to have a look, and he changed his mind.
“Keaton said, ‘Oh Dad, can I give that girl my stick?’ ” Ken Hamin said.
He felt no regret later.
“He said, ‘Oh Dad, I felt so good inside after I did that.’ ”
Hamin exchanged information with Alyx’s mother, Jody Delaloye, and the two will get to watch another game Wednesday, when the Winnipeg Jets play the Ottawa Senators, as guests of the Hamins.
Alyx was a guest of the Jets players on Sunday night and had an opportunity to meet team members after the game.
Alyx was diagnosed with cancer in July 2014 and travels 170 kilometres to Winnipeg from her home in Neepawa for chemotherapy.
She first appeared on the Jets’ big screen on Feb. 24, next to a sign she made that said “Chemo by day … Jets by night!” Her family won the tickets, which were donated by the Jets, at a fundraising social for Alyx. She was an instant fan favourite and appeared on the big screen several times and her family posed for a photo with captain Andrew Ladd.
Her mother doesn’t work so she can devote her time to making sure Alyx received proper care and the family has received support from a variety of sources. After she appeared on the Jumbotron, Farmery Brewery jumped on board, promising $2 will go to Alyx with every case the local brewery sells this week.