11-year old Tony Campisi, who has fought cancer since he was 4, was a member of his favorite hockey team for a day. He got a one-day contract with the Philadelphia Flyers and witnessed a shootout victory over Nashville from a seat on the team bench.
“Thanks to the Philadelphia Flyers, star forward Jakub Voracek and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the 11-year-old enjoyed a weekend he will never forget,” wrote Pennlive.
The Campisi family – Tony, his parents, Donna and Kevin Campisi, and younger brother, Nicholas – was whisked to Philadelphia by limousine on Thursday night.
On Friday, Tony suited up for practice at his own locker in the Flyers’ practice rink in Voorhees, N.J.; signed a “one-day contract” with general manager and Flyers legend Ron Hextall, and spent Friday evening at Dave & Buster’s, a restaurant/arcade, with Voracek and his girlfriend.
Saturday afternoon, the Flyers had a 3-2 shootout victory over the NHL-leading Nashville Predators. “Call it karma; Voracek – who hosted the Campisis in his suite – got the Flyers rolling in the shootout by scoring first,” writes Pennlive.
After the game, he presented Tony with a regulation jersey signed by the team. The Campisis had no idea a weekend like that was in store.