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Nyquist hosts ailing families at Wings game

by Craig Peterson / Detroit Red Wings
Gustav Nyquist and his girlfriend, Danielle, hosted 20 guests from the Ronald McDonald Houses of Detroit and Ann Arbor at the Red Wings home game on Nov. 9, as part of his player initiative called 14's Friends. (Photo by Christy Hammond/Detroit Red Wings)

DETROIT — Last month, forward Gustav Nyquist hosted 20 guests from the Ronald McDonald Houses of Detroit and Ann Arbor at the same time the Red Wings played host to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

While the Wings fell short in a 4-3 shootout loss, Nyquist did his best to put on a show for his special guests, recording two points including the game-tying goal to force overtime.

“We had a couple different options but me and my girlfriend have always been big into helping kids,” Nyquist said. “We want to do something for kids and I thought this was a great cause. They (Ronald McDonald House) help a lot of families that want to be close to their kids when they’re sick and they’re going through a tough time. For the whole family, it’s tough when someone is sick, one of your kids is sick and for your siblings it’s tough to go through. To be able to take them to a game and just forget about or have something to look forward to, we think makes a big difference for the whole family and obviously the kids as well.”

Like many instances on the team, the player’s significant others play an important role in the process of giving back to the community.

“I mean they’re a big part of our lives and they obviously want to be helping out as much as possible,” Nyquist said about his girlfriend, Danielle. “I think it’s great to see that they take the time to really volunteer and look into these things and help people that need help. So I think that any time you can do it as a team at home it’s really good.”

Nyquist said the visit was just a one-time trip but that being able to provide the opportunity to area families was gratifying.

“So far it’s been one game,” he said. “It was real special obviously we both went up to meet the families and they were obviously real happy and really thankful. It just puts a smile on your face that you made someone happy.”

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southeastern Michigan creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. The organization provides a ‘home away from home’ for families of seriously ill children, managing programs that help deliver health services to children in under-served communities, and by providing grants to nonprofit organizations for programs that enable seriously ill children to live happier, healthier lives.

The average family stays at a Ronald McDonald House for nine nights, but some stay much longer. Considering a night’s stay at a House is only $10, this saves families significant expenses on hotels, meals and transportation while their child receives treatment. Anyone who has a child receiving active inpatient or active outpatient treatment at a local hospital, and has a child 21 years of age or younger are welcome to stay at the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit.

The organization is always accepting donations from toys, house and office supplies and food donations as well as monetary contributions. To find out ways to support the Ronald McDonald House efforts CLICK HERE.

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