Jean-Sebastien Giguere Helps Make-A-Wish

Wednesday, 05.15.2013 / 4:03 PM

ARVADA, Colo. -- Discover teamed with Make-A-Wish and the National Hockey League (NHL) on Wednesday to grant the wish of 13-year-old Arvada, Colorado resident, Logan, who wished for a chance to spend a day with the Stanley Cup and share it with friends and family. Logan was surprised with the Stanley Cup this morning at The Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver where he is currently being treated for Ewing’s sarcoma. Joining Logan were his mother and father, Tammy and Ron and his brother, Hayden. Logan shared the Stanley Cup visit with the doctors and nurses who have tended to him while being treated as well as other cancer patients and their families.

After the hospital visit, Logan’s ultimate hockey experience continued when he surprised his Arvada hockey teammates with the Stanley Cup at the Apex Center in his hometown. Logan walked the Stanley Cup out on the ice where his teammates were able to spend time with the coveted trophy and take pictures. As an additional surprise to Logan, he and his teammates were joined on the ice by Logan’s favorite hockey player, Jean-Sébastien Giguère, goaltender for the Colorado Avalanche. A pizza party was held afterwards with teammates and their families.

“To me the Stanley Cup is every basement hockey tournament, where every goal is with three seconds left, He Shoots! He Scores! For me it’s my hometown of Arvada, Colorado. For me it’s everyone here, who has supported me so much and I am blessed to have all of that,” Logan said during remarks at the Apex Center.

Today’s experience was extra-special for Logan, who was able to play hockey for the first time since being diagnosed with cancer in November 2012. Logan started playing at the age of two and the layoff from his favorite game caused him to miss everything about hockey including the smell of the ice, the feeling of skating, getting ready for the game and being physical. But most of all, he missed his teammates.

Through its sponsorship of the NHL and long-term relationship with Make-A-Wish, which includes more than $17 million donated by Discover cardmembers to Make-A-Wish through Discover’s Cashback Bonus program, Discover was thrilled to coordinate with them to bring today’s events to fruition.

“The moment we learned of Logan’s wish, we knew we wanted to help,” said Matt Towson, senior manager of community affairs at Discover. “This wish experience has been heartwarming and we’re thankful that our great relationships with Make-A-Wish and the NHL could play a part in helping make this special wish come true for Logan.”

“The National Hockey League is extremely proud to present the Stanley Cup, the League's championship trophy, to Logan, a true champion who is very deserving of his day with the Cup,” said Bernadette Mansur, Executive Director, NHL Foundation. “We wish Logan a great day and thank all who made this wish possible.”

“Logan’s ultimate hockey experience represents all that Make-A-Wish stands for: providing hope and a positive outlook on the future; giving strength to wish kids as they fight their illness, and spreading joy to all those around them,” said David Williams, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “With the help of Discover and the NHL, we know today’s events will have a long-lasting impact on the lives of Logan and his teammates.”

The Stanley Cup is the oldest and most recognized trophy in professional sports. It was crafted in Sheffield, England in the late 1800s and was first presented in 1893; therefore the Cup is 120 years old. It is the only trophy in professional sports that is passed along from player to player in the summer their team wins it. The Cup travels close to 300 days per year and has logged more than 800,000 miles in travel since the 2000-2001 NHL season, including trips to Russia, Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland, Japan, Austria, Germany, Italy, England, Belarus, Ukraine, Belgium, Afghanistan, Dubai, France, the Bahamas and the Arctic Circle. It is made of silver and nickel alloy, weighs 35 pounds and stands at three feet tall. There is only one Stanley Cup -- authenticated by the seal of the Hockey Hall of Fame in the bottom of the Cup; this seal can be seen when winning players lift the Cup over their heads.

About Discover

Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company operates the Discover card, America’s cash rewards pioneer, and offers home loans, private student loans, personal loans, checking and savings accounts, certificates of deposit and money market accounts through its direct banking business. Its payment businesses consist of Discover Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation’s leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with acceptance in more than 185 countries and territories. For more information, visit www.discoverfinancial.com.

About the NHL

The National Hockey League, founded in 1917, is the second-oldest of the four major professional team sports leagues in North America. Today, the NHL consists of 30 Member Clubs, each reflecting the League’s international makeup, with players from more than 20 countries represented on team rosters. According to a Simmons Market Research study, NHL fans are younger, more educated, more affluent, and access content through digital means more than any other major professional sport. The NHL entertains more than 250 million fans each season in-arena and through its partners in national television (NBC Sports Network, NBC, TSN, CBC, RDS, RIS, and NHL Network™) and radio (NHL Radio™, Sirius XM Satellite Radio). Through NHL Green™, the League is committed to reuse, recycle and reduce its ecological impact by pursuing sustainable business practices and raising awareness of environmental issues among its fan base. The NHL Foundation, the League’s charitable arm, raises money and awareness for Hockey Fights Cancer™ and NHL Youth Development, and supports the charitable efforts of NHL players. For more information on the NHL, visit NHL.com. NHL, the NHL Shield and the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. © NHL 2013. All Rights Reserved.

About Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 38 minutes. It has granted more than 226,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; nearly 14,000 in 2012 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at wish.org to learn more.

About Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children is a full service children’s hospital staffed by more than 300 physician specialists in private practice providing complex care to children from the entire Rocky Mountain Region.

The hospital includes a dedicated Pediatric Emergency Room with board-certified pediatric emergency physicians on-site 24/7, specialized pediatric operating rooms for minimally invasive surgery, a pediatric intensive care unit with board certified pediatric intensivists and pediatric inpatient and outpatient units.

With an 84-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Level IV certification) it also houses the region’s most comprehensive NICU and the biggest high-risk obstetrical program through the HealthONE Center for Maternal Fetal Health.

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