Blackhawks’ Cup run a welcome distraction for those stuck in hospital

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CHICAGO -- Fans across the city are gearing up for a Hawks win – even those stuck in the hospital. With their focus now shifted to tonight’s game, young patients say it’s a welcome distraction from the rigors of treatment.

A little rain couldn’t dampen the sense of excitement inside Lurie Children’s today.

Jacob Shockley, Lurie Children’s patient: “A little nervous, excited.”

Blackhawks fan and cancer survivor Jacob Shockley, now sidelined with an infection, is passing the time until tonight’s game watching movies.

Jacob Shockley: “It’s a great way to break up the day. At least I have something happy to look forward to since we’re going to probably stay the night.”

It’s a welcome distraction – one Dr. Jason Fangusaro says can help boost recovery.

Dr. Jason Fangusaro, Lurie Children’s neuro-oncologist: “In my opinion anything that can distract or make you happy or not make you focus on the things that you’re unhappy about is positive for your recovery.”

Caitlin Egelhof, Lurie Children’s patient: “Go Hawks!”

Caitlin Egelhof is awaiting spine surgery, but that’s not stopping her from celebrating.

Caitlin Egelhof: “Yeah, we’re going to have a party!”

She even brought along a few decorations to honor her favorite players.

Caitlin Egelhof: “Hossa, Kaner …”

At his son’s bedside in the pediatric intensive care unit, Erik Miller is dressed for the game.

Erik Miller, Emmett’s father: “Big fan, big fan.”

It’s likely baby Emmett will be, too. But for now family and caretakers are focused on helping the once premature baby -- who struggles with chronic lung problems -- recover from high fevers.

Erik Miller: “We’re pretty confident that things are going to be very positive for him going forward, but this is just a setback that we’re dealing with and need to take care of. But the Blackhawks take your mind off, give you a little positive emotion while we are here.”

And while they are here -- a milestone. Born last Father’s Day – exactly one year ago today – Emmett and his dad may have another reason to celebrate.

Erik Miller: “I’m hoping Emmett gets a birthday present with a Stanley Cup win tonight.”

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