ST. LOUIS - Ten children dressed up in Halloween costumes Friday at Scottrade Center and pretended to be something they considered to be “cool” and “special.”
A ninja turtle. A princess. Pippi Longstocking. Even a big yellow banana.
But those costumes only concealed something much cooler: the courageous and inspirational child underneath.
Blues employee Kyle Worman hands out candy to children from Friends of Kids with Cancer who trick-or-treated through the offices of Scottrade Center on Friday. MORE PHOTOS >>>
All 10 of those children are battling cancer. Through an affiliation with Friends of Kids with Cancer, the Blues invited the children to the rink on Friday morning to trick-or-treat through the front office, where employees surprised them with candy.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Randy Girsch, the Blues’ director of community relations. “It’s a great inspiration for everybody that meets the kids…they’re so inspired by what the kids go through and how they pull through it with a smile on their face.
“It’s an inspiration for me, the players and our staff.”
The gesture comes just one day prior to the Blues’ annual Hockey Fights Cancer game, which will be held Saturday vs. Colorado. The team will raise money for St. Louis area cancer research organizations through a special silent auction and Hockey Fights Cancer T-shirt and lapel pin sales.
Friends of Kids with Cancer, which helps children and their families find distractions from their conditions, is one of the organizations that will benefit.
Before trick-or-treating through the front office Friday, the children made spooky arts and crafts for Halloween and watched the Blues practice on the ice.
“This was a different Halloween experience,” said Hannah Uhlenbrock, the Blues’ community relations manager. “They’re trick-or-treating in a hockey arena, and I think they’ll remember it for a long time.
“That’s what we work for… to get these kids to smile. I think we succeeded today.”