LINDSAY, Ont. - Lawny Woodcock was admitted to Ross Memorial Hospital four months ago after being diagnosed with colon cancer.
His condition is improving - things are getting better every day, he says - but he recently learned he won't be leaving the hospital until 2020 due to complications stemming from an infection.
Admittedly a Toronto Maple Leafs fan through and through, Lawny spends most of his time in his hospital bed watching hockey.
"Big (hockey fan)," he told stlouisblues.com. "I would watch hockey from the time I get up in the morning until I go to bed, seven days a week if I could."
Because a majority of the St. Louis Blues' players are Canadian-born, Lawny adopted the Blues as his team when the Maple Leafs' season ended.
On Saturday, Lawny was in the hospital's front lobby when Lindsay native Vince Dunn passed by in an impromptu hometown parade and walked in to hand him the Stanley Cup. Dunn, who was on his way to a public appearance at the Lindsay Recreational Complex, heard of Lawny's story from his mother, Tracy, who previously worked at Ross Memorial Hospital.
"Just pretty emotional," Lawny said, tears welling up in his eyes. "Thank you very much, Vince. It means a lot."
Be sure to visit stlouisblues.com or the Blues' social media networks throughout July and August as we chronicle the Stanley Cup's journey in our "Summer with the Champs" series, presented by McDonald's. Over the next two months, the Cup will travel more than 28,000 miles, spanning five countries and three continents.