Early in the month of November Mark Doherty reached out and invited Logan and I to be his guests at the University of Maine BlackBears vs the St. Lawrence Saints game in Canton, NY. He saw the article about our organization in USA Hockey magazine and wanted us to meet his son Tim Doherty a senior on the Black Bears.
On a snowy Friday afternoon Logan and I headed North to the Canton Campus. When we arrived at the rink Logan needed to sign for his tickets because we were a guest of a player. He told me that he felt like a VIP and was very excited.
Once we had our tickets and a quick snack it was time for warmups to start. We made our way down to ice level to watch. Almost immediately Logan noticed that the youth hockey organization he plays for, Whitestown, has the same colors as the University of Maine. Logan also really liked the 3 different setups that the goalies had. We were able to find Tim on the ice and watched as he lead his team through their warmup routine. At that point I explained to Logan that Tim had Type 1 Diabetes just like him and he was the reason that we were at the game.
When warmups ended the teams left the ice and Logan and I explored some more of the athletic center and the awards that they had on display. When the ice was fresh the teams made their way back out on to the ice. Tim was announced as the starting center for that nights matchup. The Black Bears were able to skate to a 5-2 victory of the Saints in a hard fought battle.
After the game we had an opportunity to meet Tim. We thanked him for the tickets and he and Logan exchanged small gifts they had brought for each other. They chatted about hockey and how old each of them were when they were diagnosed. Tim told Logan about his routine on the bench to keep his numbers in a good range during the game. Each of them took turns showing off their diabetes tech and both of them mentioned how much they enjoy using the Dexcom systems. Tim shared with Logan that he did not wear one during the hockey season do to all the contact but did use one in the spring and summer. They also shared what their favorite go to was to treat a low blood sugar. Tim’s was some juice and a Reeses peanut butter cup.
I enjoy taking road trips with Logan for hockey events. It is something that we have done from the time he was 3 years old. For me the trips are a little better when we can go and support another hockey player with T1D and Logan gets a chance to see first hand that having this disease will not hold him back from continuing to play the game he loves for years to come.
Thank you again to Mark, who unfortunately could not make it to the game due to some last minute travel hick ups, and Tim for not only reaching out and offering support to us but for making the time to meet with us. You provide a great role model for Logan to look up to. It’s the little things that make the big difference some times and I know that this is a memory that we will have forever. I can only hope that one day we are in the same position to pay it forward to someone else.