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Boy with inoperable brain tumor gets to meet his hockey hero, Sidney Crosby (video)


Eighteen months ago, Matthew Jacko’s parents noticed that their eight-year-old son appeared sluggish and had begun slurring his words. They took Matthew to Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital and within twelve hours, were hit with the most devastating and heartbreaking news imaginable: Matthew had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.

Matthew, now in hospice care at home, is a huge Pittsburgh Penguins fan and his favorite player is the team’s captain, Sidney Crosby. So imagine the thrill the brave little boy experienced when he had the chance to meet and hang out with Crosby in the Penguins’ locker room on Thursday.

The Penguins learned about Jacko’s condition, indomitable spirit and love for the team when a report about the the eight-year-old and his was aired on Pittsburgh’s WTAE-4 last week.

Matthew, who through it all, says that “Laughter is the best thing in the whole wide world,” and even is doing his part to help brighten the days of patients at Children’s Hospital:

He wants every child at Children’s Hospital to smile, like he does, when he holds his stuffed monkey toy. For $20, you can sponsor a monkey toy. The proceeds will go to Matthew’s family to help with household expenses so his parents can stay home to spend Matthew’s remaining days with him. Matthew plans to hand-deliver the toys to the children.

During the profile, Matthew was wearing a Penguins shirt and said Crosby was his favorite player. The Penguins took it from there.

On Wednesday, Matthew and his family were guests of the Penguins at Consol Energy Center and watched the home team beat the Boston Bruins 3-2. But it was on Thursday that young Matthew got to meet his favorite player when Crosby hung out with Matthew and his family during a visit and tour of the team’s locker room.

Certainly puts everything in perspective, doesn’t it?

A family friend set up an account online to help Matthew’s wish come true. According to the Fundly site, $42,451 has been raised.

[H/T For The Win]