She could solely be 11 years previous, however Laila Anderson has had a big impact on the St. Louis Blues and their inconceivable journey to their first Stanley Cup Remaining in 49 years.
Anderson is battling hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), an especially uncommon, life-threatening immune illness. She met St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko in 2018 on the St. Louis Kids’s Hospital and shaped an on the spot bond that has carried her by her chemotherapy remedies.
Previous to Recreation Three of the Stanley Cup Remaining, Anderson was on the ice as a part of the pre-game ceremonies the place she thanked the town of St. Louis for his or her assist and rallied the gang for a “Let’s go Blues” chant.
Right here’s what you must know concerning the tremendous fan that’s inspiring the Blues to go all the way in which.
1. Solely 15 Different Kids within the World Have Been Recognized With HLH
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is a life-threatening immune illness by which folks normally develop signs throughout the first few months or years of their lives, in line with the Genetic and Uncommon Ailments Info Heart. The Heart reviews that “in uncommon circumstances, affected folks could not present signs till later in childhood and even into maturity.”
Some signs of the illness embody fever, enlarged liver and/or spleen, enlargement of the lymph nodes, respiration issues, straightforward bruising and/or irregular bleeding and an elevated threat for sure cancers.
In response to a function carried out by ESPN on Anderson, solely 15 different youngsters have been identified with HLH on this planet.
2. Laila Anderson Met Blues Defenseman Colton Parayko at a Kids’s Hospital Halloween Occasion
Colton Parayko may have by no means imagined the connection he would make when he took a visit to the St. Louis Kids’s Hospital final October for a trick-or-treat Halloween occasion. It was there that he met Laila Anderson, an enormous fan of the Blues and Parayko, they usually shaped an on the spot friendship.
Her mom, Heather, advised the St. Louis Put up-Dispatch that “He was 100-percent dedicated to her, took her round trick-or-treating…he stated, ‘I’ve obtained her – I’m going to carry her bag, I’m going to carry her drink, I’m going to do all the things.’ He’s all in together with her – they simply have this bond.”
And it didn’t cease there. Parayko would proceed to investigate cross-check his new pal, visiting her within the hospital and reaching out a few times every week. “It’s a real friendship. They even friended one another on Instagram and ship DMs. He doesn’t pal too many individuals. It’s one thing particular,” stated her mom.
3. Laila Anderson Had a Bone Marrow Transplant in January
In response to the St. Louis Put up-Dispatch, Anderson was capable of finding a donor by the group Be The Match and underwent a bone marrow transplant in January and subsequent chemotherapy remedies.
Anderson would have by no means imagined again in January when she was within the midst of the battle of her life and her favourite staff had the fewest factors within the league, that she’d be watching them within the Remaining months later.
They “have been my inspiration this complete time,” Anderson stated. “And I sort of really feel like I’m their inspiration a bit of. I hope that’s the case.”
4. Laila Anderson Finds Out She is Going to Recreation Three of the Western Convention Finals
For 4 months, Laila was solely in a position to go to her house and the hospital. Her mom captured the superb second (which you’ll see above) when she tells Laila that her physician has cleared her to not solely get out of the home however to attend a Blues playoff recreation.
The Blues posted it on their Instagram and the video went viral. It’s been seen over ninety-nine thousand occasions.
One other video that includes Anderson, a collaboration together with her associates on the St. Louis Kids’s Hospital, was performed within the enviornment earlier than Recreation Three of the Western Convention Finals.
Within the video, Anderson conjures up her favourite staff by ringing the bell and telling them, “I’m this shut, you might be this shut. We do it collectively boys. We’re going to battle till we win our battles.”
5. Blues Winger Pat Maroon Tells Laila Anderson That She Impressed Blues’ Stanley Cup Run
Anderson additionally attended the convention championship-clinching win in Recreation 6. Following the sport, Blues winger Pat Maroon caught up with Laila and advised her that she has impressed their run to the Remaining.
“We speak about you on a regular basis…we battle for you…you bought this, we’re behind you,” stated Maroon to an emotional Anderson.
Win or lose within the Stanley Cup Remaining, the St. Louis Blues have taken their followers on a historic experience, however extra importantly, have offered power in occasions of want.