GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A few kids at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids were visited by some special guests today -- Grand Rapids Griffins players!
A couple of hockey players stopped by to hang out with the children, as they do every month -- and as cool as it is for the kids, it's pretty great for player too.
"It helps us make their day a little better and gives them a little bit of hope," explained goalie Tom McCollum. "At the same time, it helps us a lot too. I mean, we get to see the courage that these kids have and the things they have to fight through everyday -- it's very inspirational for us."
"It makes a huge difference," said Rhys VanDemark, a child life specialist at Helen DeVos. "The days get long here the kids get tired -- they're fighting big battles and sometimes a little pick-me-up like an autograph from a professional hockey player is a really cool thing."
Detroit Red Wings Goalie Jimmy Howard's foundation gives the children's hospital 4 season tickets every year to hand out to the children.
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