Dariush is a brave child who was diagnosed with leukemia in January of 2016, and he has since faced a challenging set of treatments and hospital stays in his battle to get better. During this time, Dariush turned to hockey as an outlet from the struggles. He would play NHL video games and watch his favorite team, the Washington Capitals, face off on TV.
When Dariush learned that Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic would be granting his one true wish, he wished to meet the Washington Capitals. For months, Dariush’s wish gave him something to look forward to and provided him with a sense of hope during difficult moments in his cancer battle.
When the day for Dariush’s wish arrived, he and his twin brother were picked up in a limo for a VIP ride to Kettler Iceplex to watch the Capitals practice. He went behind the scenes in the Capitals locker room where his favorite player, Niklas Backstrom, presented him with a brand new jersey. He watched practice from the Capitals bench, cheering on the players and fist-bumping them after great plays.
The following night, Dariush headed to the Capital One Arena early so that he could watch from the bench as the Capitals warmed up for their big game. He made it on the big screen as he participated in the ceremonial puck drop alongside his new buddy Backstrom and rode the ice resurfacer during one intermission. After the game, Dariush got to hang out with the players in the locker room.
Dariush’s wish was a burst of joy in his life – providing a welcome break from the stresses of his cancer treatments. He shared, “My wish gave me something to look forward to.” Wishes like Dariush’s give hope back to kids in the times when they need it most.