50 pounds of inspiration on a pair of hockey skates, that's what one Chicago seven year old is known as, as he zips around the rink to raise awareness for a good cause.
Nick Curley is using his hockey skills to honor the memory of a young boy, he's never even met.
The story is truly inspirational. Nick and his parents are traveling around Illinois, rink to rink, as Nick skates "100 miles for Danny".
Danny Did is a foundation started by the Stanton family, after their four year old son Danny, passed away unexpectedly after having an epileptic seizure. The foundation focuses on raising awareness and communication between people who have epilepsy and their doctors. Now, Nick Curley is doing his part, skating 100 miles, five at a time, to raise money for the foundation.
"I'm gonna tell my kids to do a fundraiser if I have any," Nick Curley says. "And I'm gonna tell people about Danny Did."
The fundraising was his idea. His cousin has epilepsy. Plus Nick's parents know the Stanton's. The 7-year-old didn't have to do these laps alone, though. The Rockford Ice Hogs were there to help.
"If you were skating 40 laps like he was, at full speed, I would be very exhausted," says Rockford Ice Hog's Kyle Beach. "Luckily my legs are a little longer, and I was pacing myself with him, but it's just a great cause. And it didn't really matter how tired you were gonna get. We were both gonna finish it. And I'm glad I got to do it with Nick."
This morning he skated four miles. He'll add one more tonight when he skates before the Ice Hogs game at the BMO Harris Bank Center, keeping Danny in mind, every mile.
"This isn't about a seven year old who's skating 100 miles," says Laura Curley, Nick's mom. "It's about a four year old who never got the chance, and us trying to make sure every four year old out there, whether he has epilepsy or not, will always get the chance."
After tonight, Nick will have skated 80 miles, hoping to finish the last 20 by the end of the month.
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