Emily Gordon loves hockey.
Over the past year, the nine-year-old girl from Prince Rupert has offered her heart-warming smile, youthful energy and ongoing support to her mother, Cheryl Sadorski-Gordon, who has been battling Stage 4 cervical cancer.
For Christmas, Sadorski-Gordon gave experiences to her family rather than gifts. Emily’s brother, Jacob, asked to meet Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, which he did in Calgary after watching a game. In April, it was Emily’s turn.
“My daughter plays hockey and her choice for Christmas was to watch the women’s world championships and they’re in Kamloops, where I’m from. We have friends and family there so we’re taking her. Now I have to start writing letters because she wants to meet the whole team,” Sadorski-Gordon said back in January.
She made it happen this week. Hayley Wickenheiser snapped a photo with Emily and also spoke to the family about why she participates in the Relay For Life fundraiser — her sister has the same cancer that Sadorski-Gordon has.
Forward Blayre Turnbull gave Emily her email and told her to contact her if she ever wants to talk. Turnbull’s mother also had cancer.
“She hugged Emily and then burst into tears,” Sadorski-Gordon said. “Those women are the most humble, kind, thoughtful caring athletes you will ever meet.”
Emily Gordon from Prince Rupert met with Team Canada at the Women’s World Championship in Kamloops.