WEYMOUTH, MASS. (WHDH) - The Weymouth High School girls’ ice hockey team is busy prepping for their Christmas Eve contest against Hingham, but their hearts are in Boston with 12-year-old hockey player Carly Silva, who was diagnosed with lymphoma earlier this month.
Weymouth head coach Dan McGlone said the diagnosis had a major impact on the varsity team that Carly’s older sisters, Riley and Mackenzie, play for.
“When the news came out, it was pretty devastating,” he said.
Riley says the team is honoring Carly by wearing an emblem on their helmet and green tape on their sticks and admitted the last few weeks have been very difficult for her sister.
“She’s very overwhelmed with everything that’s happening, very upset that she has to stay in the hospital for Christmas — but she’s going to get through it,” she said.
In the hopes of brightening her holidays, the team has organized “Cards for Carly” to fulfill her wish of receiving cards of support while she’s receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital.
“When Carly got all of her mail, she was just so happy about it,” Mackenzie said. “It was a lot of reading but she was happy to see all the support.”
The girls know no matter what the final score is against Hingham, they’re playing with a larger cause in mind.
“As a team, we always tell ’em, when you come through that door, you’re one,” McGlone said. “And these girls have stepped up and they have become one.”
Cards can be sent to Carly at:
6 North, Room 630
Boston Children’s Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
A GoFundMe page was set up to help offset medical costs.
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