The Washington Capitals will grant the wish of 14-year-old Chatham, NJ native William Cody Friday, Jan. 19 through Sunday, Jan. 21. William's wish to become a Capitals player for the day and meet the team will come true through Make-A-Wish ® Mid-Atlantic.
William was diagnosed with leukemia in 2016 and is currently in treatment, going through the maintenance phase. While he is technically in remission, William continues to undergo chemo. His treatment is scheduled to take 3 years and should end in July 2019. Through his treatment, William has endured 3 surgeries, ongoing chemotherapy and countless hours in the doctor's office and hospital.
On Jan. 19 Capitals owner Ted Leonsis will sign William to a special three-day contract during the Capitals game against the Montreal Canadiens at Capital One Area.
On Jan. 20 William will be introduced to the team prior to practice and be presented with a stall and jersey. A forward with his local hockey team, the Colts Hockey Club of Morristown, NJ, Cody will join the Capitals on ice at the conclusion of practice.
Cody will attend the Capitals Jan. 21 game versus the Philadelphia Flyers at Capital One Arena. He will walk to the Capitals locker room along with players, watch warmups from the bench and be announced as a member of the starting lineup. He will spend additional time with the team postgame.
About Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic serves children who reside in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Founded in 1983, the organization has granted more than 9,500 wishes in the Mid-Atlantic region since its inception. This year alone, 840 local children are expected to be diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. However, for every wish granted, at least one more local child is waiting. The community has the opportunity to make an impact today by helping Make-A-Wish to reach hundreds of kids whose wishes would go otherwise go unanswered this year. For more information, please visit: www.midatlantic.wish.org.