Dawson McMullen had a memorable time during the Pictou County Wear Well Bombers’ recent Wish Maker Game.
The Bombers feted McMullen before, during and after their scheduled Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League game on February 17 when they defeated the Truro Bearcats 7-4 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
McMullen visited the Bombers in their team dressing room. He sat on the team bench during its pre-game warm-up and dropped the puck to officially begin the game. He was given a Bombers care package on behalf of the team that included a T-shirt he put on and visited the team after the game.
Head coach Jon Sim gave McMullen a New York Islanders photo of him and an Islanders cap.
Sim explained how each league team works in conjunction with the Children’s Wish Foundation so that kids like McMullen can be granted a special wish.
“It was great,” he said. “It’s always nice to see guys help a guy who is less fortunate. The kids really responded to Dawson.”
Now 12, McMullen enjoys a wide variety of activities and inspires others with his positive outlook despite his challenges. He was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis when he was a year old. He was diagnosed with Type 2A limb-girdle muscular dystrophy about a year ago.
“Dawson lives with chronic pain and increasing muscle weakness but he smiles and carries on,” Bombers’ volunteer Harley Palmer said. “When Dawson’s mom, Melanie, was told that Dawson’s most heartfelt wish was going to be granted by Children’s Wish Foundation, N.S. Chapter, she immediately phoned Dawson to share the news and said, ‘He was super happy and excited.’”
The Bombers are guaranteed fifth place in the league standings despite having completed their regular season a week early.
They conducted two practices as they prepare for the league playoffs. They will first meet the East Hants Rangers but game dates have not been determined.
The Bombers are hosting the Major Bantam provincial championship from March 14 to 17.
Landon Sim is wearing one of the Children’s Wish jerseys as he puts an arm around Dawson McMullen in the Bombers team dressing room. McMullen is wearing a Bombers T-shirt. (Goodwin photo)