Saturday night in Buffalo brought about a sports moment that tops any on field accolade that any player has ever achieved.
Buffalo Bandits’ forward Shawn Williams’ young son Tucker Williams is battling Lymphoma, and during Saturday night’s National Lacrosse League (NLL) contest between the Buffalo Bandits and the Toronto Rock, a moment happened that will certainly make any person, whether they’ve been impacted by cancer or not, choke up.
Tucker, who had been to every Bandits game since his father was acquired by the team in 2013, wasn’t able to make it to Saturday’s game due to complications from the disease. Not only was it the first game the young Williams had missed since his dad became a Bandit, but it was also his eighth birthday. So, as a way to make him feel “at home” in “Banditland”, Tucker joined the fans inside the First Niagara Center in Buffalo via facetime during a break-in-play in the first half of the game. The 12,000+ fans in attendance then all joined together in singing “Happy Birthday” to Tucker.
— Kelsey Landers (@KelseyO129) February 2, 2014
It’s a moment that reminds you that what happens on the field is only a game, and what happens off it is what really matters. Bravo Bandits fans, and good luck Tucker as you fight this terrible disease. The entire Fansided network is behind you. We know you will pull through!
You can watch the video of the crowd singing “Happy Birthday” to Tucker in the video below.