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Wings, Datsyuk make wishes come true

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

Reese Cordes (second from left) poses for a photo with his favorite Red Wing Pavel Datsyuk on Thursday morning. Also in the picture are Reese's brothers, Riley (left) and Reagan (right). (Photo by Bill Roose/Detroit Red Wings)

DETROIT – Reese Cordes was speechless, literally, as he walked through the Red Wings’ dressing room, where he eventually received his wish to meet his favorite player, Pavel Datsyuk, on Thursday morning.

The Red Wings hosted Reese, a 13-year-old from Bowling Green, Ohio, who has a life-threatening former of epilepsy, to the team’s morning skate as well as the game tonight against the Montreal Canadiens, marking the fourth annual Wings for Wishes Night to benefit Make-A-Wish Michigan.

“Reese’s epilepsy has not been well controlled for the last year and a half,” said Holly Cordes, Reese’s mother. “We’ve been to Cleveland Clinic, various doctors have tried all sorts of different medications and nothing seems to be working, so it’s very frustrating day in and day out to worry about him at school, worry about him here that it might get triggered.”

Tonight, Reese, his parents and two brothers, will be guests of Henrik Zetterberg and his wife, Emma, in the Zetterberg Foundation suite. Reese will also get the opportunity to watch pre-game warm-ups from the penalty box and he’ll ride on a Zamboni during the first intermission.

“Just to be here and put (his troubles) on the back burner and be treated by kings and queens today is great,” Holly Cordes said. “We’ve come to games before but we certainly have never been able to experience any of (this).”

In the first three years, the Wings have raised more than $50,000, which has helped Make-A-Wish Michigan grant wishes to six children.

The Red Wings and their players has always been a champion for the Make-A-Wish mission. In 2011, the Wings organization received the Chris Greicius Celebrity Award from the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. The award symbolizes the essence of the Make-A-Wish mission, which is to grant wishes to every qualified child, while enhancing the quality of life with hope, strength and joy.

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