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Adorable Bruins Fist-Bump Boy Needs Your Help to #BumpOutCancer

Bruins fans, young Liam Fitzgerald needs your help.

Liam scored a hat trick with hockey fans all over the world after a video showing him fist-pumping members of the Boston Bruins went viral.

It was "The Fist Bump Heard Round The World." Our story about Liam was picked by news outlets in New York, Australia, England, and Ireland, not to mention CBS and Yahoo! Sports.


Liam, now 8, has "kicked cancer's butt" and continues to live with Down Syndrome and regular human growth hormone injections. He is now trying to become the "Leukemia & Lymphoma Society" Man of the Year.

He's embarked on a 10-week campaign to raise money for LLS research by asking people to donate $5 [one dollar for each finger and the thumb] while posting a video or photo of themselves fist-pumping someone else on social media.

Of course, it's only natural to issue a challenge for others to do the same.

"Like Peter Frates did for ALS, Liam wants to do for LLS." Liam's mom, Christine Fitzgerald, said. "We are launching the Fist Bump Challenge."

They're using the hashtag #BumpOutCancer!

Liam gets one point for each dollar raised by his campaign.

Liam was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in December of 2009. He was finally cancer-free in May of 2013.

You can visit Liam's LLS Man & Woman Of The Year fundraising page for all the details on how to donate and help with the battle against LLS.

It's a fight Liam and his family have lived and won.

"There was no smooth, straight highway. There were multiple visits to the emergency room, seizures, fevers, infections and endless ongoing treatments and medications. Our life wasn't our own but dedicated to making our son healthy again," his mom wrote on Liam's page. "I wish I could have spared Liam from going through this difficult challenge in his life - but I couldn't. I wish I could save every other person from having to go through life with blood cancers - but I can't. What we can do is help to find a cure. All the funds we raise with this campaign will help find cures and ensure access to treatment for blood cancer patients."

The Bruins have won five straight. All the while, they've gone from the cusp of playoff elimination to legit contenders for possibly the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference.

Tossing a five-spot [or more] toward Liam's campaign might purchase a nice little piece of karmatic hockey insurance.

All while helping out an even far better cause.

The OBF column is written by award-winning journalist and Bay State native Bill Speros.Reach Bill on the OBF Facebook page, Twitter @realOBF or at
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