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Merrimack Valley

November 1, 2012

Merrimack's little brother

Mom says team has been 'savior' for son with leukemia


Last weekend, when Merrimack was in Alaska for their two games, Timmy received dozens of texts every day from various players. Better yet, this past summer while Timmy needed to be in a wheelchair because of the medication. Merrimack players stopped by his house several times to take him out, including one trip to a Red Sox game.

More than half the team participated in the Jimmy Fund Walk as the “Warrior Walkers,” which was a name Timmy came up with. They all wore yellow T-shirts bearing the name, raising $8,000 as a team.

Incredibly, the entire Merrimack team kept a promise by taking Timmy to the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises ... at midnight, for the opening.

“That was the best,” Timmy said. “That was a lot of fun. They knew I really wanted to see that movie. Some of the guys were tired and almost fell asleep. Not me. I was wide awake the entire movie.”

Mary gets emotional thinking about their involvement with her son.

“Last year when the season ended, we didn’t think we’d see the players as much,” she said. “We ended up seeing them more. This is not normal, what they’ve done for Timmy. Even a few parents of the players have offered to take Timmy to games if we can’t. This is special.”

Merrimack captain Jordan Heywood is one of those who been in constant contact with Timmy since he was drafted last January.

“Honestly, Timmy is fun to be around. It doesn’t feel like we’re doing him a favor. It feels like he is another guy on the team,” Heywood said. “This is something that gives you perspective in life. We are very fortunate to play a game we love at a high level. But this is not just about giving. We are ‘getting’ something out of this. We have a made a great friend.”

Timmy has five more months of chemotherapy to deal with. More importantly, he appears to have made a lifetime of friendships at Merrimack College.




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