Tom Wilson came up with the idea for his initiative, called Forty Three’s Friends, last summer, supporting twenty Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic families this season as the children wait for their Wishes.
The 24-year-old winger donates tickets to critically-ill children and their families, meets with them after games, and gives them a tour of the Capitals’ locker room.
“The kids that are here are going through a tough time,” said Wilson. “It goes a long way that they can come, enjoy a night with the Capitals and spend it with us, come and see the locker room and stuff. They’re such great kids, we just try to have fun when they come here.”
Five-year-old Avery Cole, a cancer survivor who recently finished chemotherapy, was in attendance for the Capitals’ win over the Hurricanes on Tuesday night and was eager to meet Wilson after.