In a heartfelt move, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh extended a hand of sportsmanship to an adorable young St. Louis Blues superfan.
He sent 11-year-old Laila Anderson a personalized letter of congratulations after the Blues defeated the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final.
Laila has been fighting a rare, life-threatening immune disease. After Walsh saw a story about her during pregame coverage of Game 3, he wanted to let her know just how excited he was for her win.
"After watching the segment, I turned to my partner, Lorrie, and said, 'This stinks! I love the Bruins and I want them to win!... But I really want Laila to win, too!'" Walsh wrote in the letter.
Laila has become quite popular with Blues and Bruins fans alike. And a moment the Blues shared on Twitter of Laila's mom telling her daughter that she’s been cleared to travel to Boston for Game 7 was a win for everyone.
In his letter, Walsh shares with Laila that he also had a serious illness when he was a boy, and her courage is an inspiration to everyone.
"I certainly can't promise you a cooler experience than standing on the Garden ice kissing the Stanley Cup, but Boston's a great city and would love to have you back," Walsh wrote.
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