Boston Bruins fan Liam Fitzgerald, the 8-year-old boy from Northborough who fist-bumped his way into the hearts of millions last month, is leading big in a USA Today 2014 sports fan poll.
Liam's story was as captivating as his video, which has more than 5.2 million You Tube views. We first told Liam's story here after his video swarmed throughout the internet and social media. It was shared by several national and international media outlets.
Fans world-wide of hockey and humanity were touched.
"It's really amazing to see this play out," Liam's mother, Christina, told us Monday.
Liam has Down syndrome. He was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at age 4. He defeated his cancer after a 3½-year struggle. He recently began human-growth hormone treatments that will continue until he's 18.
Through it all, Liam maintains an incredible spirit and his love for the Bruins and the rest of Boston's sports teams. He maintains the innocence we all wish we still had. And it is infectious.
Liam and his family were back at the Garden on Nov. 28 to watch the Bruins beat Winnipeg.
There's no place like home... Or the Garden!!! Just hanging on the bench and locker-room with my little famous Bro:) pic.twitter.com/ySO8W56wnV— Nicholas Cavanna (@CavannaNicholas) November 29, 2014
No doubt the Bruins and their players were happy to have him.
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