The Fargo Force hockey team presented a special West Fargo fan with a jersey that he helped design on Thursday, Jan. 2.
Seven-year-old Grantley Johnson has been fighting Acute Myeloid Leukemia for over a year, defined by cancer.gov as "a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes abnormal myeloblasts, red blood cells or platelets." The aggressive form of cancer is most often found in adults.
Grantley was diagnosed months before his sixth birthday after being taken to the hospital for a persistent rash by his parents, who initially thought he had mono.
In April of this year, it appeared things would be returning to normal for the Johnson family. Grantley was in remission.
But in three short months, after being told there was a 90 percent chance the disease wouldn't return, the normalcy ended.
The same rash returned, and it was confirmed that the AML Leukemia was back.
Treatments have since stopped, as the chemo was so hard on the second-grader.
Grantley's mom, Leah, said they take it one day at a time.
In preparation for the Force's Sanford Children's Night game on Feb. 22 against the Sioux City Musketeers, Grantley was selected to design a jersey the whole team will wear.
"Grantley, we are going to be honored to wear these jerseys on Feb. 22nd, and I know when we wear them, our guys will play as hard as they can. We are glad to have you part of our team, buddy," said Fargo Force coach Pierre-Paul Lamoureux.
In addition to the fist bumps and hugs he received on Thursday, Grantley was able to sport his new jersey on the ice and shoot a little puck around with the boys.