At a very young age, Jaxon understands the pains of medical treatment. Faced with a life-threatening heart condition, his days center around medicine and doctor visits. His mom, Stacy says despite the hardships he faces, he finds happiness and joy when watching his favorite sports team, the Buffalo Sabres. When Make-A-Wish® stepped into their lives and told Jaxon that his one wish would soon come true, Stacy says her 5-year-old son remembered his die-hard passion for his beloved hockey team. With a big smile on his face, he chose to meet hockey star and Sabres goalie, Ryan Miller!
“It was a magical moment for not just Jaxon, but his two sisters, as well as my husband and I,” Stacy recalls. A limousine arrived at the home on a sunny March morning and Stacy says squeals of excitement were heard throughout the house. “He was anxious to meet Ryan!” They arrived at First Niagara Center in downtown Buffalo and members of the Sabres organization and Jaxon’s wish granting volunteers greeted them. “From that point, it was a whirlwind of activities.
Jaxon was led to center ice, where he had the opportunity to watch the entire team practice. “It was a closed practice so it was a unique and special moment for all of us,” Stacy remembers. “Jaxon was smiling ear to ear, watching his heroes skate around and make goals.” The magic didn’t stop there. Jaxon’s family members were taken into the locker room and Jaxon had one-on-one conversations with his favorite players, including Ryan Miller. “Ryan taped up the stick that Jaxon had bought in the store, signed it and Jaxon just seemed in awe of it all,” says Stacy. “Ryan even wanted him to sign his stick for good luck.” She goes on to say that player, Nathan Gerbe allowed her son to try on his skates. “They were a bit big,” she jokes.
As the day drew to a close, the Sabres surprised the hockey fanatic with a lunch buffet and chocolate cake – Jaxon’s favorite! The team wanted to celebrate the one-year anniversary of his heart surgery. “I don’t even have the right words to express how much it meant for our family and how this major organization went out of its way to make this experience very heartfelt,” says Stacy. The family celebrated the completion of the wish by attending a game the following day, where they received first-class seating. “The best part was that Ryan Miller was using the stick Jaxon signed for him throughout the entire game.” Stacy remembers how proud her son was to see this and adds, “I am so proud of my son, the fighter!”
Wish-granting volunteers: Martin Morgan & Courtney Kramer
Wish story writer: Kate McGowan
I am so proud of my son, the fighter!