Sam Jacobson, a 16-year-old lymphoma survivor, had his wish come true when he spent two days with the Capitals and his hockey hero, Alexander Ovechkin. The Make-a-Wish Foundation set up the experience for Jacobson, who played on his hockey team during his recovery from lymphoma.
He spent two days with the Capitals, starting with a tour of the practice facility and locker room on March 7 of last year. Jacobson was given had his own stall stocked with hockey equipment donated by Bauer. After suiting up, he ended the day by skating with Ovechkin, Karl Alzner, Jason Chimera, and other players after practice. On top of that, Sam attended two Caps home games and spent some time with Ovechkin after the games in the locker room.
“This weekend was an incredible event!,” William’s father Devin Shannon said in an email. “William’s wish was to practice with the Capitals and he did! I can’t tell you how much everyone has done for us and what this weekend has meant for us.”
Day two was just as amazing as day one! Allyson Butler from Make-A-Wish met us in the hotel lobby and took us out to wait for our “ride” to the game! Within minutes a very long black stretch limo appeared before us! Bill, our driver, was very nice. William and Emily quickly climbed in and all we heard for a few minutes was: “Cool!” “This is so sweet!” Then we had chatty little ones for the short ride over to the Verizon Center! It is amazing how just the little things make such a huge impression! How neat it was for the kids to get out of the limo right in front of the Verizon Center with so many fans around wondering who the V.I.P. was!