On Friday afternoon the Capitals hosted their annual Hockey Fights Cancer skate where families from Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic, Flashes of Hope, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network skated with the entire team.
After the skate, six children from Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic gathered in a conference room and were surprised by Coach Reirden with an announcement that they would be part of the starting lineup ceremonies at the game on Saturday Nov. 23.
Each participant will be matched with the Caps starting six players and introduced individually with their headshot on the jumbotron in honor of their fight against cancer.
The #CapsFightCancer Starting Lineup participants will include:
Owen │Bealton, Va.
Bealton, Va., native Owen, 6, has battled through treatment for a brain tumor. Owen is currently waiting for his wish to visit Walt Disney World to be granted by Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic. Owen loves sports, especially hockey. He was 4-years-old when he was diagnosed with cancer and is nicknamed by as family as "Brain Tumor Trooper" for his bravery.
Lianna │Rockville, Md.
Lianna, 18, is currently undergoing treatment for thyroid cancer. She is currently waiting for her wish to visit theme parks in Orlando, Fla., to be granted by Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic. Lianna enjoys ice skating, playing video games and spending time with her family. A Harry Potter Fan, Lianna looks forward to visiting Harry Potter World through her wish experience
Re'Nyiah │Capitol Heights, Md.
Re'Nyiah, 16, is currently battling osteosarcoma. A science lover, Re'Nyiah's is waiting for her wish to visit Hawaii and see its nature up close to be granted through Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic. She is most looking forward to enjoying the state's local music and food. Re'Nyiah enjoys spending time with friends, cheerleading and shopping.
Will │Millersville, Md.
Millersville, Md., native Will, 16, was diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 13. Will is passionate about all kinds of art and enjoys creating art of all kinds. Will wants to use his art to spread joy to others, which is why he's wished to give an art installation to his community. His wish to create an art instillation in his community will be granted by Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic.
Poppy │Herndon, Va.
Herndon, Va., native Poppy, 6, was diagnosed with leukemia in December 2018 at the age of 5. After 236 days in the hospital, Poppy completed chemotherapy in August and went home with her family. She recently returned to school and her wish to go to Walt Disney World Resort will be granted by Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic.
Brock │Reading, Pa.
Brock, 18, is spending the weekend with the Capitals as part of his wish to meet T.J. Oshie. Brock has successfully completed his full medical treatment for a brain tumor. Brock is a huge hockey fan and is currently on his high school club hockey team and takes private hockey lessons. Brock's wish to meet T.J. Oshie is being granted Nov. 22-23.