Eight-year-old Liam Idzi watched closely as his favorite hockey team took the ice yesterday. The Wisconsin native is battling severe cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder, but yesterday he suited up for the orange and black thanks to Make A Wish Foundation and the Philadelphia Flyers. After practice, Liam and his three brothers took to the ice and played with his favorite player Jakub Voracek and the rest of the Flyers team.
“It really changes our life. It makes us feel that today everything is normal. Liam is going to be on the ice and although he can’t walk he is going to be on the ice getting a ride. He feels like he is skating just like all of our family can skate. when people make sacrifices from their time it means so much to us. We will remember this time more then we will remember any other game we will see because it is a sacrifice somebody made. It’s been amazing,” Elizabeth Idzi, Liam's mother said.
Hanging out with Liam and his family was special for Jakub Voracek and his Flyer teammates. Giving back to those in need goes beyond sports.
“You have to give back. as an athlete and as a professional hockey player we have a lot of time on our hands. its just a little thing but you can make that little kids life in a day. its always a good feeling,” Jakub Voracek said.
The last few days in Philadelphia has been life changing for the Idzi family and the family has a message for the Flyers organization.
“Thank you. thank for accommodating us. i mean it is very special to us. it’s going to be a great memory for the rest of our lives,” Rafal Idzi said.
By:David Grzybowski/ PHL17
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