Special Puck Drop Honors Teen's MD Fight

LEWISTON, N.Y. - A special Niagara University hockey game was about a lot more than just scoring goals Sunday night.

Sixteen year old St. Joe's sophomore Suneel Ram was at center ice to drop the puck and start the game.

Suneel has Duschenne Muscular Dystrophy, and he and his family lead a foundation called Suneel's Light. They raise money for research to find a cure for Duschenne's.

Jeannine Russell, whose son plays for the Purple Eagles, is the driving force behind the event.

"My son's hockey team has adopted them as their youngest brother," Russell said. "And they do all the events throughout the year and this is their hero, and they have an unbreakable bond of love that I'm very proud to say that they do so much good for the community so we can get the word out about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and find the cure we're looking for."

"He inspires us, he fights for his life every day and we just want to make him happy," added her son Anthony. "We know how much it means to him to be a part of this team and like I said, he's our little brother."

Admission to the game was free, but fans took part in a 50/50 raffle with funds going toward Suneel's Light.


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