Liam with his favorite player Michael Del Zotto
Calling all hockey fans... Let's get Liam Traynor to Nashville March 8th!
Most Ranger fans already know about this special boy. Liam has Cerebral Palsy, but that in no way defines who he is. What he is, is a Rangers super fan, and loves the game of hockey.
Hockey fans around the world were introduced to Liam's story via HBO's 24/7 series that followed the Rangers and Flyers leading up to the Winter Classic 2 years ago.
Liam grew close to Coach Tortorella, and especially Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto. The pair had frequent visits, and stayed in close contact during the season. Liam and Del Zotto would trade text messages before and after games, with Liam wishing his best buddy luck!
A few days ago, Del Zotto was traded to the Nashville Predators, and the idea for this campaign was born.
This campaign was created with the intention of getting Liam and his family to Nashville, to see the Predators and his buddy Michael Del Zotto play. I looked at the schedule, and the Predators do not play a home game against the Rangers, or the Canucks (Coached by Tortorella) for the rest of the season. So the game selected is March 8th against the Columbus Blue Jackets, as they have several former Rangers on the roster!
This campaign will provide Liam and his family (Mom, Dad, Sister and Brother ) the financial assistance needed to cover costs of tickets to the game at the Bridgestone Arena, round trip airfare to Nashville, Hotel accomodations, and full size SUV car rental and other associated costs. Oh... and one last thing... it would also provide for a new Del Zotto Predators jersey for Liam!
I appreciate any help you can give to make this goal a reality. It would be an incredible experience for Liam and his family, and give Liam a chance to see his favorite player live in action again!
*I am hoping to be able to complete this goal by mid February, to allow enough time for travel accomodations to be made by Liam's family.
**UPDATE** 1/25/14 - Believe In NY company has generously pledged to donate 10% of sales to this effort. Any apparel purchased from http://believeinny.com/
will help raise additional money!
We thank them for their support!
**UPDATE** 1/28/14 - We are just about at the half way point of our goal! We are so very thankful for all the support and kindness you all have shown. Between the donations to date, and social media postings, word is travelling fast about this effort. Tell your friends, post on Facebook and Twitter, and together, we can make this happen for Liam and his family!
**UPDATE** 1/30/14 - It's been one week since we launched this effort for Liam, and we have just hit the 70% mark towards our goal! The generosity shown by the hockey fan community is incredible and inspiring. My thanks to each and every one of you that has taken part in this effort.
**UPDATE** 1/31/14 - Goal adjusted due to assistance and leads from a few sources! We are now even CLOSER to fully achieving our goal and sending all 5 members of the Traynor family to Nashville! :)
What a great week this has been!
***SPECIAL UPDATE*** 2/6/14 - Sorry it took me so long to update this, I was out of town and couldn't get home for a few days due to the weather in the North East. BUT WE DID IT! We have achieved 100% of our goal and Liam and his whole family are going to Nashville!!!
I have spoken with Liam's mother, and Liam is extremely excited about this trip. I can't thank you all enough for helping make this a reality, and to be able to complete this goal. Make sure you tune in to the game March 8th if you get it on your local stations, wish DZ and Liam luck!
***UPDATE*** 3/8/14 - Thanks to everyone's great efforts Liam is having an incredible time in Nashville!
Here is an article from NHL.com about it - http://t.co/GU83rWYxYy
And here is an article written by Jim Diamond who covers the Predators - http://t.co/wcRMEEnfFk
I cannot possibly accurately express my appreciation and gratitude for every single person who helped make this a reality. Liam will remember this for the rest of his life... and so will I! :)
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