By: Yanni Latzanakis | Follow Me On Twitter @yanlatz
Meet 3-year-old Quinn Waters from Weymouth, Massachusetts. The big Bruins and Charlie Coyle fan who is battling cancer will drop the ceremonial puck at the Bruins game on Tuesday, October 29th when the Bruins host the San Jose Sharks. That night, the Bruins will be hosting Hockey Fights Cancer night at the TD Garden.
Last February, just a day after celebrating his third birthday, Quinn went to Boston Children’s Hospital and was quickly diagnosed with a brain tumor on his brain stem called Medulloblastoma. That very next week after turning three, he underwent an eight-hour surgery to remove the tumor. He has undergone numerous rounds of chemotherapy and has spent months of his young life in the hospital.
This past summer, after his countless rounds of treatment for cancer weakened his immune system, he was unable to go outside. This prompted many of his family and friends to visit Quinn at his house through his window. The story went viral and soon visiting requests for The Mighty Quinn at his window came pouring in at the Weymouth home. Quinn was getting all kinds of visits from friends and family, Weymouth residents and sports teams, local first responders, and local celebrities like The Dropkick Murphy’s. He even received a personal video from New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady and Cornerback Stephon Gilmore telling Quinn that he is a champion and that he has the support from all of the Patriots.
Fellow Weymouth native and Bruins forward Charlie Coyle was also part of the hundreds of visitors to Quinn’s window this past August. Coyle along with Blades, the Bruins mascot, presented him with a personalized #13 Bruins jersey with Quinn’s name on it. Coyle proceeded to chat with Quinn and brighten his day as well as even partaking in a Nerf gun fight. Since then, Quinn and Coyle have become the best of friends as Coyle continues to support the Waters family and Quinn’s battle with cancer. The Bruins forward was also seen with a blank “Hockey Fights Cancer” sign in which he wrote, “I fight for The Mighty Quinn” in support of his new friend.
Just last week, the Waters family announced fantastic news that Quinn’s latest MRI showed no signs of new disease. Doctors have been amazed by Quinn’s recovery that although he is continuing his fight, he is making incredible progress.
At the end of September, Quinn was allowed to leave his house for the first time in months and is now set to make an appearance on TD Garden ice dropping the ceremonial puck for the Bruins and San Jose Sharks game on October 29th.
It will no doubt be an emotional night for Quinn and his family but hopefully will be a joyous occasion for Quinn in support of his favorite hockey team. I also suspect that when called upon, Charlie Coyle will line up and receive the ceremonial puck drop from his friend Quinn.
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