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Lehner helps 7-year-old Islanders fan cap checklist by giving him stick

Goalie met with Jack Foley after loss to Maple Leafs

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Young fan set to meet hero Lehner

TOR@NYI: Islanders help young fan meet Lehner

Seven-year-old Jack Foley and his mother discuss Jack defying the odds and how Robin Lehner will help him complete his checklist

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Robin Lehner helped Jack Foley complete his checklist Monday.

The New York Islanders goalie met with the 7-year-old fan and gave him the stick he requested after their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Nassau Coliseum.

Tweet from @RobinLehner: Tough loss.. But this was a huge win. Your a strong kid and I wish you the best! Thanks Jack.������🙏 pic.twitter.com/aSWkSDIEeg

Foley was born with half a heart and went through three open-heart surgeries in his first two-and-a-half years, including one at four days old. His mom Lauren Kiefer-Foley shared a video where Jack asked Lehner to help him finish the checklist.

Tweet from @lkieferfoley: After being born with literally only 1/2 of a heart & having 3 open heart surgeries all before the age of 2, Jack is playing hockey, something doctors said he wouldn���t do! @RobinLehner can you help him complete his checklist at Monday���s game? @NYIslanders pic.twitter.com/il1NPav8lX

Lehner was all for helping Foley and took it one step further by agreeing to meet with him after New York's 2-1 loss.

"I'm going to go meet a fantastic human being and see what life's about," Lehner said. "I'm really looking forward to it. It's going to put a smile on my face and make me forget about this one."

Foley, whose mom refers to him as "my half-hearted hockey player," was told he'd likely never participate in athletic activities, but has overcome the odds to complete a triathlon in 2017 and plays hockey on Long Island now.

"He's defying all the doctors' odds," Kiefer-Foley told MSG-Plus. "He's doing every single thing they said he never would."

NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor Brian Compton contributed to this report.

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