Making Dreams Come True
The Detroit Red Wings are dedicated to making a difference in our local community, particularly when it comes to fans facing life-threatening illnesses. Whether it’s sending a fan a care package and encouragement letter from the team or inviting a fan down to watch a practice or meet a player after a game, the Red Wings look to lift the spirits of those fans going through a very challenging time in their lives.
The Detroit Red Wings have granted 13 wishes from the Make-A-Wish Foundation since 2005, including two during the 2010-11 season and four in the 2011-12 season. In November 2011, Make-A-Wish Foundation of America named the Red Wings one of five recipients of their annual Chris Greicius Celebrity Award.
The Wings fulfilled the wish of a 15-year-old hockey player from Lapeer named Tristan. His wish had multiple components, which took place on March 26, 2012. To read more about Tristan's wish, click here.
|Tristan arrived at Joe Louis Arena in a limousine on the morning of March 26th to attend the team’s pre-game skate where he was out on the ice with the players while they warmed up and then watched them go through drills from his view behind the Red Wings bench.
After practice, Tristan met his favorite player Henrik Zetterberg in the locker room where he was given a game-used, signed stick.
Tristan returned to Joe Louis Arena that evening to meet Coach Babcock and Mickey Redmond and to watch the Wings beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 7-2, to conclude a fun-filled day. Tristan left that night with a smile, memories of a unique experience and a team-signed jersey.
Tristan poses for a photo with his favorite hockey player Henrik Zetterberg.
Children's Hospital of Michigan Annual Visit
The Detroit Red Wings currently partner with Children’s Hospital of Michigan with our Coach’s Visit program as well as our annual holiday visit to lift the spirits of kids with serious medical conditions. During the visit, the entire team splits up into five groups of players in order to visit every single ward in the hospital.
Other Unique Opportunities Granted to Fans
In addition to partnering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Children's Hospital of Michigan, the Detroit Red Wings' Community Relations Department also fulfills requests from fans, who are going through a difficult time whether it's a fan with cancer or a wounded soldier who just returned from serving overseas. The Wings will grant unique opportunities to these fans whether it's a practice visit, meet and greet, zamboni ride, etc. on a case-by-case basis.
“I wanted to personally thank you for the special night that you set up for Ty last Friday. Besides the fact that the game was on in a shootout, the meet and greet was amazing. The locker room, seeing the players -- everyone was so generous. Ty actually got 5 signatures! The whole event as a once-in-a-lifetime event for Ty and actually all of us."
“I can't thank you enough for all that you did for the Johnson family [name changed]. They really were speechless. All they could say is thank you, thank you. They just couldn't say enough to express their appreciation. I have told everyone I have seen this weekend how wonderful the Red Wings are and how supporting they are to their fans. I will be a lifelong fan of the Wings."
“Thank you so very much for this morning’s visit. Ryan is beaming ear to ear! This was just what the doctor ordered and will really make a difference in his ongoing recovery…The players don’t know how big this is for us mere mortals, but they have made a big difference in the life of one recovering firefighter.”
“I just wanted to thank you again for the most memorable event and evening Gary and I have ever had. All the way home, he kept commenting on how he felt so special…You and all the staff at Hockeytown and the Joe Louis Arena were so obliging to us, not to mention the utmost generosity of the players who came out to meet and greet Gary…What you did and the players for Gary will truly help his mind and fear of having his procedure done next Monday and Tuesday much easier. Thank you, again, and everyone else connected to this Kodak moment in our lives.”
“I cannot thank you enough for the items you sent to my friend Elizabeth from the Red Wings. The package was waiting for her when she arrived home from her radiation treatment today, she cried! She is thrilled and will frame the letter. You and the team have made a difference in her life today and she will treasure it. I know she has a rough road ahead of her, but you have made it better.”