DENVER - Those who have lived many years will often tell you some of life's greatest difficulties provide some important opportunities. A teenager in Arvada learned this lesson within the last year.
9NEWS introduced you to two hockey players from Arvada a year ago. Logan Piz and Ian Tuthill did not meet playing on the same team or against one another. They met on the ice at a Denver Cutthroats game where they were chosen to drop the puck. Both boys had cancer. They became instant friends. They talked about hockey, cancer, family and achieving dreams.
A few months later, Make-a-Wish surprised Logan by bringing the Stanley Cup to his chemotherapy treatment at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. Logan took the cup to Arvada to share with his teammates. On that day, he wore Ian's jersey because his friend has passed away. Ian died in April.
Nearly a year later, Logan is playing hockey again. He's feeling stronger, and he's made a new friend.
Chase Leikam just turned 9 years old last week. He's also battling cancer. He met Logan at the hospital on his first day of chemotherapy. Chase's first day was Logan's last day.
Logan gave Chase a few tips to ease the side effects of the chemo, and he took time to talk to him. Logan says he didn't want to scare Chase or make him nervous. In fact, he just kept thinking about what Ian would say to Chase.
Chase's parents are extremely grateful that a teenage boy would make time for their son. They also look at Logan and see the future, a day when the chemo comes to an end.
This week the Arvada Hockey Association is having its winter tournament. It is renamed in honor of Ian.
Chase is starting his next rounds of chemotherapy next week. His parents say he's doing well, despite feeling tired at times.
They have set up a webpage for friends to follow and a Facebook page. You can learn more by going to www.chasefanclub.com or Team Chase Leikam on Facebook.
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