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Maple Leafs host emotional Hockey Fights Cancer Night

Second grade student and cancer survivor drops puck, Marner hosts family of young fan who lost battle with leukemia

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / Staff Writer

Hockey FIghts Cancer in Toronto

BUF@TOR: Maple Leafs host Hockey Fights Cancer night

The Maple Leafs host Hockey Fights Cancer night with a ceremonial puck drop before their game against the Sabres

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It was an emotional night at Scotiabank Arena as the Toronto Maple Leafs hosted Hockey Fights Cancer Night.

The team honored Khanya Solano, a second-grade student who battled and beat a rare form of cancer, Langerhans cell histiocytosis.

Solano was on hand to drop the ceremonial first puck and ring the bell to signify her clean bill of health.

The Maple Leafs wore special purple jerseys during warmups that were auctioned off to benefit Camp Trillium, which offers and promotes recreational experiences to bring children with cancer and their families together.

Tweet from @MapleLeafs: We're proud to partner with @CampTrillium for tonight's #HockeyFightsCancer game.Help support by bidding on player-worn, one-of-a-kind lavender warm-up jerseys in our mobile auction by texting LEAFSHFC2019 to 647-360-5543.#LeafsForever

It was an even more emotional night for Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner, who hosted the family of Hayden Foulon, a young friend of his who lost her battle with leukemia in October.

Tweet from @MapleLeafs: Together we fight 💜#HockeyFightsCancer

Marner had struck up a friendship with the young fan a year earlier and spoke about being inspired by her fight. The team shared a beautiful tribute to Foulon's life featuring Marner.

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