Today was a big day as we fulfilled two dreams! We took two young men to the Red Wings game. Since we were unsure of anything other than going to the game we did not tell the young men who we might meet or any plans other than going to the game.
The first dream came from Duane. He is eighteen and very interested in broadcasting and hockey. His dream was to attend a game, interview a player, meet the Red Wings TV announcers and ultimately be involved in a broadcast. This is a big dream for anyone, but even more so for Duane because he has cerebral palsy, is wheelchair bound and can sometimes have difficulty speaking. In order to support his him Dreams Accomplished was able to get him down to the game today and have him meet Ken Kal the radio voice of the Red Wings.
Our second dream comes from Christopher who has Cerebral palsy and is wheelchair bound. His dream was to attend a Red Wing game
We arrived 1.5 hours early and waited in the lower area of the arena and met up with a Dreams Accomplished supporter with connections to the Red Wings organization. When Ken Kal walked up, Duane didn’t recognize him because Ken does not get seen a lot because of only being on the radio. However, once Ken began talking Duane recognized his voice immediately and his face exploded into a smile.
Ken was wonderful giving each of the guys a bag of goodies and talking at length to each of the young men and their parents. Ken took the time to get a sound byte from Duane for Sunday’s pre-game broadcast, unfortunately, the background noise in the area was too much and he could not get anything useful. Paul Woods (Ken’s broadcast partner) also stopped by for a few minutes and talked to the young men.
We then went up to our seats and watched the game. We were treated to a great game with the wings scoring late to tie it up and take the game into overtime. The overtime was a quick affair however, with Nashville scoring a goal 16 seconds in to take victory. Regardless each of the young men and families were thrilled.