The Stampeders are thrilled to be associated with Make-A-Wish, which for 30 years has been making dreams come true for youngsters facing a difficult medical situation.
One such youngster was three-and-a-half-year-old Shaine Lynn, whose wish was to meet the Stampeders. The club was only too happy to host Shaine and his family — parents Stephanie and Paul and brothers Gabriel (five years old) and Darius (20 months) — at a practice at McMahon Stadium.
Shaine watched the practice and met the players afterwards.
“It was such an amazing day,” said Stephanie. “Shaine was running all over the place, laughing and playing with the guys.”
When he was barely a year old, Shaine was fighting for his life in 2007 as he underwent surgeries and chemo treatment for a tumour that covered 20 per cent of his brain. But showing the determination and indestructibility that befits his nickname — Tank — the little guy battled back hard . . . and successfully. Recent tests have all come back clear. Shaine recently passed a significant milestone as he now has to go back for tests every six months instead of every three.
“Even when he was going through it, he was so good about it,” said Stephanie. “You would never know there was anything to wrong. It was amazing to see him and he was such an inspiration.”
Even though the weather was grey and rainy during the family’s visit to the stadium, Shaine’s energy, enthusiasm and smile brightened everyone’s day.
Shaine enjoyed the experience so much, he returned along with other youngsters and their families for a tour of the Stamps' locker-room and a meeting with Ralph the Dog and Stampeders players.
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