Hockey Star's Mum Donates Kidney to Son's Childhood Ice Rink Manager
Determination, perseverance, resilience, discipline and teamwork are fundamental skills necessary to become successful in sports in addition to a great support network.
For numerous years, Graham Nesbitt, greatly supported aspiring hockey players in Seaforth, Ontario, by opening the ice rink early and staying late no matter the weather so hockey players could get as much training time on the ice as possible. Two of the kids, Ryan and Cal O’Reilly, successfully managed to make it to National Hockey League.
When news broke out in the community that the former ice rink manager required a kidney transplant in his battle with Berger’s disease, Ryan and Cal O’Reilly's mother, Bonnie O'Reilly, didn't hesitate to find out if she was a match. After discovering she was a successful match, Bonnie decided to charge ahead with the surgery.
"What you’ve done for my boys, helping them achieve their goal of playing professional hockey, it’s the least we can do," Bonnie said.
The social media team of St. Louis Blues where Ryan plays as captain shared their best wishes along with a photo of the duo recovering.
Pam Nesbitt, Graham’s wife, also took to social media to express her thanks.
“From our family to you and yours Bonnie, thanks for the gift of a lifetime,” she said on Facebook. “Your selfless act means more than you’ll ever know.”
Something about those kind, helpful, generous and caring acts always seem to pay off.