What the San Jose Sharks did for this kid will move you to tears

Sam Tageson

Onions. Is someone cutting onions in here? On Tuesday, the San Jose Sharks skated out on the ice with a special fan, a 17-year-old boy named Sam Tageson who’s suffering from a life-threatening heart condition. The team also signed him to a one-day contract. Grab a tissue or 10.

This is all came together through the hard work of the San Jose Sharks and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Tageson has been diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, having been born with two heart chambers, not four. But against the advice of doctors, he has been playing hockey since age 6.

“It’s supposed to be debilitating,” said Lisa Mills, his mother. “They said he would be the child that would never ride a bicycle, never do any of that. He rides a skateboard. He plays hockey. The doctors all through the years have said give him golf clubs, take the hockey stick away. We tried. It doesn’t work.”

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Dammit, stop cutting onions you guys.