Kids like Nitin Ramachandran, who has beaten brain cancer after a tumor developed on his fourth ventricle, and is now in remission.
“I repeatedly say this. I credit Make-A-Wish as one of the biggest assistants and turning points in my recovery,” Ramachandran told 106.7 The Fan Sunday. “When I had my wish, I was pretty sick, bed-ridden and couldn't walk that well.”
Nitin's wish was to be a Washington Wizards player for a day. That helped spur his comeback.
“It’s turned out to be an awesome event. It gets bigger and bigger every year,” Orpik told me. He saluted his teammates for braving the snow, the schedule and supporting the “Wish Upon a Par” event when they didn't have to.
“It’s completely optional. There’s nothing mandatory about it. To get the turnout that we do from the guys on the team is awesome,” Orpik opined.
“Let’s be honest. You need money to do things," said Orpik. "I think from an athlete’s perspective, I think cutting a check and then not doing anything to follow up – I think is the easy thing for us to do.”
“I think getting out there and organizing things, kind of developing relationships with some of these kids is what really sticks with you and is the most meaningful part of doing this kind of stuff. That’s always been important to me and it’s been a lot of fun."
The “Wish Upon a Par” event was on the eve of his 1,000th NHL game. He’ll take part in that Monday night at Capital One Arena against the St. Louis Blues on 106.7 The Fan.
“It’s definitely a pretty cool accomplishment. It’s not something I ever thought was going to happen," he said. "It will be exciting and especially after the way last summer transpired, getting to come back here and do it with this group, will be special.”