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Sharks sign 17-year-old with heart condition to one-day contract (Video)

Sam-Tageson-SharksThe San Jose Sharks welcomed a special guest into their locker room before Tuesday night’s game against against the Florida Panthers. In fact, the Sharks made 17-year-old Sam Tageson an official member of the team by signing him to a one-day contract.

Tageson has a life-threatening heart condition known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome. He was born with two heart chambers instead of four and has been playing hockey since age 6, despite doctors urging him not to.

“It’s supposed to be debilitating,” Tageson’s mother Lisa Mills told the San Jose Mercury News. “They said he would be the child that would never ride a bicycle, never do any of that. He rides a skateboard. He plays hockey. The doctors all through the years have said give him golf clubs, take the hockey stick away. We tried. It doesn’t work.”

Mills said doctors changed their approach and have given up on telling Tageson “no,” understand that he will slow down when his body forces him to. Tageson practiced with the Sharks on Tuesday morning and was on the ice to warm up with the team before they took on the Panthers.

“No way to top today,” Tageson told reporters of the Make-A-Wish Foundation event.

Tageson was overcome with emotion after being introduced by the team, and there were probably very few dry eyes in the house. It was an incredible moment and a great gesture from the Sharks to make Sam’s dream come true for a day.

Video via Jimmy Traina’s The Big Buzz

FSU OL Mike Scheerhorn raising money to send cancer patient to BCS title game

Mike-Scheerhorn-Florida-StateFlorida State offensive lineman Mike Scheerhorn will play in the biggest game of his life in less than two weeks, but football is not the only thing on his mind. The freshman is also looking to send a young cancer patient to Pasadena to cheer on the Seminoles.

When Scheerhorn was younger, his brother was diagnosed with a form of brain cancer. He said the diagnosis had a major impact on his family, which was fortunate enough to receive help from the Children’s Cancer Center on a daily basis. Now, Scheerhorn is looking for donations to help send a young girl who is battling cancer to the BCS National Championship Game with her parent.

Now I would like to pay that kindness forward, so I’m sending a child and her parent to the BCS Championship game in Pasadena!

I have two tickets for them from my personal allocation, but I need help getting the family there.

The total cost will be around $5000 including airfares, hotel stay, car rental, etc. and it is my dream that together we can raise that money here so that the Children’s Cancer Center will not have to spend a single penny.

Scheerman has already raised more than $10,000. That means the girl and her parent will be able to head to California for the game, and the extra money will be donated to the Children’s Cancer Center. Anyone who is looking to donate on behalf of the cause can still do so.

There should be more people like Scheerman in the world. Talk about a selfless act.

H/T Eye on College Football

Chandler Parsons shaves head to support young fan with cancer

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Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons use to have a great head of man hair. Some would call Parsons, who recently modeled in a commercial for the Buffalo David Bitton clothing line, a pretty boy. Heck, the former Florida star even gels his hair up during games. But on Christmas Eve, Parsons decided there were far more important things in life than his hair.

Parsons shaved his head to support his friend Patrick Hobbs-DeClaire, a 10-year-old who has been battling cancer. Patrick is a twin, and his father said he is more afraid of not looking like his twin brother than he is of the cancer itself.

“His dad was telling me how he isn’t even scared of death,” Parsons said, via the Houston Chronicle. “He is more worried about not looking like his twin brother anymore, so me being his favorite player, I decided to shave my head to look more like him and hopefully give him some support and encouragement from me.”

Parsons did not inform Hobbs-DeClaire that he was going to shave his head, but he told his family to tune into the Rockets Christmas Day game against the San Antonio Spurs. He’s hoping it will be a nice Christmas surprise. Bravo, Chandler.

Photo via Instagram/Chandler Parsons

Flyers help soldier surprise his family (Video)

Flyers-military-surpriseWhen the parents of Army Pfc. Matthew Windish joined the Philadelphia Flyers for a special ceremony on Thursday night, they were led to believe that the team would be honoring their son. Little did they know, Matt was in the building.

Matt’s parents Joann and Mark stood with his brother Chris in front of a very large box that the Flyers were presenting to them as a gift. When the wrapping paper came off, they were surprised by a real life GI Joe.

“I was surprised,” Joann said, via DelawareOnline.com. “First I thought he was coming home, but then I didn’t think he was going to. I just thought it was going to be a video, but when they opened up that box and I saw his face … we have missed him so much this past year. It was an awesome surprise.”

Matt was not due home from his tour in Korea until Dec. 20. It was his brother Chris who thought up the idea of a surprise return when he was watching YouTube clips of military homecomings. Chris set everything up so that Matt flew home a week early, and they kept him hidden from his parents for an entire week to keep the surprise intact.

“It was amazing,” Matt said. “My heart started beating so fast I really had no clue what was going on. I went blank for a little bit. This is probably one of the best things in the whole entire world. This is insanely awesome. I just wish that everyone could get to experience this. I feel very grateful right now.”

Military homecomings at sporting events never get old, and we have seen plenty of them. Kudos to the Flyers for keeping the tradition alive.

SF Batkid saves Giants mascot Lou the Seal during heroic day

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America was swept up Friday with the awesome story of “Bat Kid,” a 5-year-old boy named Miles who went around the city of San Francisco like Batman to save the city for the day as part of a Make-A-Wish dream.

Miles’ has battled leukemia most of his life, but it is now in remission. San Francisco’s Make-A-Wish chapter worked with the city to grant Miles’ wish of being Batman for the day, and the results were spectacular.

Parts of San Francisco were turned into Gotham City, with the streets lined with hundreds of people calling for Miles’ help. Miles, a huge superhero fan, was dressed in a full Batman costume, and had several tasks throughout the day.

Here was the schedule of events via ABC:

10 a.m.: Miles receives the Police Chief Greg Suhr’s call for help
11:15 a.m.: Batkid apprehends the Riddler
12:30 p.m.: A flashmob in Union Square alerts Batkid that the Penguin has kidnapped Lou Seal
1:10 p.m.: Batkid chases the Penguin around AT&T Park before rescuing Lou Seal
2 p.m.: Miles is awarded the key to the city in a presentation at City Hall

First, the Batmobile arrived for Batkid:

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One-armed basketball star Zach Hodskins offered walk-on spot at Florida

Zach-HodskinsZach Hodskins has one of the smoothest basketball strokes you will ever see. But it’s not his incredibly accurate shot that has heads turning across the nation. It’s the fact that Hodskins can shoot like that with only one arm.

Earlier this month, the University of Florida and head coach Billy Donovan offered Hodskins a spot on the team as a walk-on. The offer would guarantee him a spot on the bench beginning in 2014 without a full scholarship. Hodskins has yet to decide if we will attend Florida.

“When I’m out [on the court], I forget my arm isn’t there and just play ball,” Hodskins told the News-Herald of Northern Ohio. “Passion and love for the sport helps me overcome all obstacles. To this day I haven’t come across anything I can’t do.”

Hodskins has played high school and AAU ball over the past several years and scouts who have watched him play say he has incredible fundamentals and a “deadly” jump shot. Marcus Gibbs, Hodskins’ AAU coach for the Tennessee Playmakers, said Hodskins is an inspiration both on and off the court.

“He is a role model to any aspiring basketball player that no matter the odds if you work harder than everybody else the sky is the limit,” Gibbs told Prep Rally back in December. “There is nothing that this kid cannot do and if there is he will definitely work to eliminate that problem!”

The University of Alabama-Birmingham and Birmingham Southern have both reportedly been considering offering Hodskins a scholarship. While Hodskins’ story is heartwarming and inspirational, this isn’t a matter of a kid who has faced obstacles being allowed to score by an opponent. He can flat out ball.

Young Ohio State fan beats cancer he named ‘Michigan’

Grant-Reed-Urban-MeyerA 12-year-old cancer patient who is a die-hard Ohio State fan came up with a unique way to motivate himself to fight the disease he was diagnosed with two years ago. Grant Reed named his brain tumor “Michigan.”

On Friday, Grant beat Michigan by undergoing his final chemotherapy treatment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

According to NBC 4, Grant’s parents Troy and Denise met when they were both members of the Ohio State University Marching Band in college. Their love for the Buckeyes and hatred for the Wolverines rubbed off on their children, and the rivalry was used to help Grant battle cancer. When asked if he was proud to have beaten Michigan, Grant gave a classic response.

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