Blues superfan Laila Anderson gets her moment with the Stanley Cup

first_imgThe wait is over — 52 long years. The St. Louis Blues are finally Stanley Cup champions.The Blues defeated the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night to claim the franchise’s first title. While goaltender Jordan Binnington may receive the lion’s share of the praise for his terrific 32-save effort, Blues fans know who the true hero was. MORE: The Blues won the Stanley Cup, and we’re just as surprised as youSuperfan Laila Anderson’s dream month ended at TD Garden as she kissed and hoisted the iconic Stanley Cup following St. Louis’ historic win, with assistance from Blues defenseman Colton Parayko.Laila Anderson gives the Cup a kiss after providing the inspiration for the Blues’ #StanleyCup— Sporting News (@sportingnews) June 13, 2019Laila meets the #StanleyCup #WBZ— Joe Giza (@JoeGiza) June 13, 2019The 11-year-old Anderson has become synonymous with the Blues’ playoff run since her appearance in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals vs. San Jose. Anderson suffers from a rare, life-threatening autoimmune disorder called hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, or HLH. She first came in contact with the team when she met Parayko during a team event on Halloween, and the two kept in touch.BLUES WIN THE CUP: Get champonship gear Her feel-good story quickly circulated through the national media, and the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum even created a bobblehead of Anderson with a portion of the proceeds benefiting St. Louis Children’s Hospital.While Anderson’s battle toward 100 percent health may not be over — she received a bone marrow transplant in January, per — neither is the celebration of the moment.“I don’t think I’ll sleep for the next 48 hours or more.”Laila is in her words, speechless, after the Blues win it all. #StanleyCup— Shanna (@shanna_mcc) June 13, 2019A superhero ending, fit for a superhero of a fan.last_img

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