Bruins Daily Player of the Week: Liam Fitzgerald
During a crucial week for the Boston Bruins, they just could not deliver going 0-2-2 in four games. Their playoff lives are at jeopardy as the Ottawa Senators — with two games in hand — sit one point behind the Black and Gold for the final wild card spot in the East.
With not much to look back upon, we will turn our attention to an individual who is touching lives everywhere he goes.
You may not know him, but if you are a Bruins fan, you definitely saw Liam Fitzgerald “fist bumping” the B’s as they exited the ice not too long ago after warmups against the Florida Panthers. Liam has Down Syndrome and has beaten cancer already just at the age of nine. There is nothing this little kid can’t do.
Now, he is trying to “Bump Out Cancer” and raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in Framingham were the first to come to Liam’s aid as they raised more than $400 and participated in a first bump chain across the school.
The idea of Liam’s “Bump Out Cancer” campaign is to donate five dollars to his page and challenge five others to do the same thing. You may recall the same rules as Pete Frates’ “Ice Bucket Challenge” to raise awareness for ALS.
The “Ice Bucket Challenge” became an internet phenomenon and hopefully the “Bump Out Cancer” campaign can do the same. Professional athletes, movie stars, friends and family participated by dumping a bucket of ice water over their head to show support for Boston College Eagle Peter Frates who is suffering from ALS. Liam hopes the same can happen for his campaign.
When Liam arrived at the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, faculty and students were already lined up ready to help out the nine year-old any way they could putting an immediate smile on Christine Fitzgerald’s face, Liam’s mother.
“It blew me away to walk in and see the principal and the vice principal and all of the teachers and all the little smiling faces up and down the hallway,” Christine Fitzgerald told WHDH’s Adam Williams. “It’s just quite an amazing feeling.”
Liam is making a difference wherever he goes whether it is in another school or visiting his beloved Bruins or Red Sox. Last summer, Liam was a special guest of Clay Buchholz for the annual Buchholz Bowl held at Jillian’s across from Fenway Park on Lansdowne Street. He steals the show wherever he goes and rightfully so.
On Sunday, March 22nd, Liam traveled to Wachusett Mountain where he hit the slopes and of course shared some fist bumps. He is trying to use his fame to raise awareness for a great cause.
Liam has stolen the hearts of many around New England (and the world) and his journey is just beginning. Of course, he wishes his beloved Bruins were playing better hockey at the moment (as does the rest of Boston), but Liam will still be smiling no matter what. And why not, he has beaten a brutal disease and is now living life to the fullest making a difference in so many people’s lives.
Liam’s smile, courage and perseverance will make the “Bump Out Cancer” campaign just as big as the “Ice Bucket Challenge.” You can bet on it especially with Liam Fitzgerald leading the way.