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Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars salute 7-year-old girl with cancer

02/25/2015 12:51 EST | Updated 04/27/2015 05:59 EDT
A 7-year-old girl going through her sixth round of chemotherapy got the thrill of a lifetime last night thanks to the Winnipeg Jets.

Alyx Delaloye lives in Neepawa and has leukemia.

She and her family were guests of the team at MTS centre.

At one point, she was on the Jumbotron with her poster that said "Chemo by day, Jets by night".

Her mother, Jody Delaloye said as soon as her daughter heard they got tickets to the game she started drawing signs to take with them, including the one she held up with orange leukemia support ribbons.

She said Alyx had big dreams of being on the Jumbotron.

"Because she sees all these kids and she goes, 'Mom, I wished I could be on.'"

But that's not all. 

The team saluted her by banging their sticks on the ice and the crowd gave her a standing ovation. 

"We were watching the Jumbotron and waving to the cameras and stuff, so we didn't know, like apparently she got a standing ovation and then the teams were banging their sticks on the ice and on the boards and we missed it all because we were watching the Jumbotron. So we had no idea," Delaloye said.

It wasn't until they were on the two-hour drive home, when her husband Reg checked his Facebook page that he discovered their picture had more than 4,000 hits, and they saw the team banging their sticks and everyone standing an applauding her.

"She's like, 'What? That was for me Mommy?' And her face was like, she was lit right up. Just a huge smile the whole way," Delaloye said.

Alyx was diagnosed with leukemia in July. Delaloye said she is grateful to the Jets' organization because it was the first time they've been able to go to a game as a family.

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