Total Hockey Helps Make Wish Come True
Dean Sindel Gets His Wish
Total Hockey recently teamed up with Make-A-Wish Foundation to help grant 14-year-old Dean Sindel his wish of a lifetime. Dean of Eureka, Mo., traveled with his parents to Pittsburgh, Pa. last week to meet his hockey idol and fellow cancer survivor, Mario Lemieux. “He really inspired me while I was having my treatments because he is a cancer survivor too. He gave me hope that I could beat it like him,” Sindel said of Lemieux. To enhance this wish and make the experience even more remarkable and memorable for the St. Louis-area teen, Total Hockey donated a pair of customized Nike Bauer Vapor XXXX skates so Dean could skate on the ice with Lemieux. The former NHL player and current principal owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins spent the day with Dean and showed him a few tricks on the ice, including a variety of shooting and skating drills.
“It was completely unbelievable. I wouldn’t trade that moment for anything. It was just a dream come true,” Sindel said of his day with Lemieux. The Sindels spent the evening at the Pittsburgh Penguins game, in which the entire stadium saw video footage recapping Dean’s day with Mario. “It was a great day for both of us,” Lemieux said. “Any time I can help these young kids who have gone through so much in their lives…and for Dean to beat cancer, this is the least I can do. Hopefully our on-ice time made his day.”
Lemieux, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease in 1993, has dedicated a significant part of his life to funding and helping further cancer research. In 1994, he created the Mario Lemieux Foundation to fund grants for cancer research. After conquering the disease, Lemieux returned to the NHL in 1995, playing better than ever. He continues to support cancer research and regularly visits patients, providing them with hope that they can survive the illness.