Wakeley and his family are honored as part of the Flyers Press Pass program, which provides a special game night for families dealing with cancer.
Cameron was 6 years old when he was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in May 2018. Now 11, Cameron is completely healthy and back in sports.
“We go every six months for check-ups at CHOP [Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia]And if we have a clear scan this time, we wait another year and then it’s considered to be in remission,” said Christina Wakely, Cameron’s mother.
Cameron and his parents, Christina and John; his older sister Kayden; and younger brother Cavan had a special booth at the press level for the match. They were taken there after Cameron had previously ridden a Zamboni.
Cameron said his highlight is sitting in the Flyers TV booth with announcers Jim Jackson and Keith Jones and listening on headphones.
The family also got to spend some time with the Flyers Center Sean Couturierwho is out while recovering from back surgery, and gets a visit from his mascot Gritty.
“It was an amazing night for Cameron,” said Christina. “When he was sick about four years ago, he actually dropped a puck in here for [Hockey Fights Cancer] night. He was in the middle of treatment, very, very sick. So, to see him four years later, still fighting and still thriving and doing well, it’s kind of coming full circle. It gladdens my heart that we are able to share this night with him.”
Couturier said he was happy to sign all the pucks, jerseys, and finger puppets the family had.
“Giving back to the community and family like this, it’s always special,” he said. “It’s just the little things in our lives that can have a huge impact on them. Any way we can help, it’s amazing.”
Jackson planted the seeds for the Flyers Press Pass during the offseason through a former relationship, Liz Scott, Alex Scott’s mother and co-founder of Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a Philadelphia-based cancer charity.
“I’ve been looking for some way to get involved in charity for a while,” said Jackson. “I had lunch with Liz over the summer, Alex’s mom, and I said, ‘You know, let’s do something.'” We had a whole bunch of ideas… and I went back to Flyers and Cindy Stuttman [Flyers Charities executive director]And I couldn’t be more impressed, pleased, or proud of the way the Flyers took this and ran with it and built it on such a great night.”
It was an easy idea for Flyers Charities and the foundation to get left behind, Stottman said, and the plan is to honor one family per month with the Flyers Press Plan initiative.
“It wasn’t about if we were going to do it, it was about how we could make it cool,” said Stuttman. “And how can we make it different from anything else we’ve offered before.”