Liam Fitzgerald, an incredibly adorable little lad from Massachusetts who is clearly the world’s No. 1 Boston Bruins fan, became famous overnight this week when a video of the smiling boy fist-bumping every member of his favorite team as they came off the ice after pre-game warmups Tuesday went massively viral.
But among the Bruins and around the Boston area, Liam, who has Down Syndrome, was already known as a truly inspirational figure and the 8-year-old embodiment of “Boston Strong.”
In addition to his Down Syndrome condition and a growth deficiency that requires him to take regular injections of growth hormone until he is 18 years old, Liam Fitzgerald was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia when he was just four years old. But there he was on Tuesday night, still standing tall — and cancer free for the past year.
He was also voted “Fan of the Game” on Tuesday by unanimous consent of the crowd on hand at TD Garden in Boston where, with Liam’s infectious joy and love for hockey lifting their spirits, the Bruins fought past the Florida Panthers by a 2-1 score.
Liam Fitzgerald has also been a guest at Boston Red Sox games, where he has struck up a friendship with Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz. But as much as loves baseball and admires Buccholz, hockey is where Liam’s heart truly lies — and most of all with his beloved Bruins.
After he dressed as his favorite Bruins player, Adam McQuaid, for Halloween last year, the Boston defenseman invited him to a game in February where he met all of the Bruins players, who, says Liam’s mom, could not have been nicer or more welcoming.
“The fact that they are these big, tough hockey players who take the time to talk to him. He just beams from ear to ear. It makes you love that team even more,” said Christine Fitzgerald.
The boy’s mom caught this photo of Liam speaking with Bruins’ captain Patrice Bergeron before the game and posted it to her Twitter account.
— Christine Fitzgerald (@cavannafitz) November 5, 2014
Christine says that Liam loves to “interview” the players, frequently asking, “What are the keys to the game?” She said that he’s probably asking Bergeron exactly that in the above shot.
The Inquistr showed you the adorable viral video of Liam Fitzgerald fist-bumping the Bruins players earlier this week. But this young man makes such a memorable impression, here’s the video one more time.