Eleven-year-old cancer survivor Olivia Lettich was given the opportunity to do something she had never done before on Sunday: see the Calgary Flames play.
Lettich was diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer when she was just four months old. She lost her right eye before her third birthday, while her left eye gives her only peripheral vision.
The Grade 5 student, sporting a specialized pair of glasses given to her from the Calgary Flames Foundation, got to partake in the national anthems on Sunday, and got to watch her favourite team win its seventh straight game.
“That was so cool,” Lettich said of being brought out for the anthems, where a packed Saddledome gave her an ovation.
She had been to a game before, but this was the first time she had actually been able to visualize the spectacle in front of her.
“It’s super important because everyone else tells me what they see and sometimes I wish I could see it. These help a lot,” she said of her glasses.
Her mother Meredith was grateful for the opportunity.
“She’ll never forget this day, ever. She’s had goose bumps all day and so have I. It’s so exciting. The standing ovation from the crowd … Amazing.”