Aidan is the seven-year-old Toronto boy whose spontaneous enthusiasm landed him on national television during the Toronto Maple Leafs annual visit to SickKids Hospital.
Check out the video from the visit: http://www.citynews.ca/2013/11/06/leafs-visit-sickkids-hospital-for-hockey-day/
“I’m telling you, the kid had charisma,” said forward Nazem Kadri. “He came right up to me and asked me to play air hockey with him. Wasn’t shy at all.”
Shy is not Aidan’s style.
“I’d like to say he gets his personality from his parents but Aidan is just such a special person,” said his mother Louise Donnelly. “That excitement and enthusiasm is such a big part of who he is.”
One day in the summer of 2009 Aidan, Louise and father Liam were driving to Centre Island when Aidan made hiccupping sounds and started convulsing in his car seat. It was the first time the couple witnessed Aidan’s seizures.
Doctors had a difficult time diagnosing Aidan because he wasn’t exhibiting symptoms in front of them. They eventually arranged to have him sit in a hospital room hooked up to devices monitoring his brain activity. Aidan had another seizure, doctors finally had the lead they needed but when his parents tucked him back into the car for the ride home, Aidan looked up at his mother and gave his opinion on the ordeal.
“I had the best day ever, Mom,” Aidan said.
Aidan is one of the students in The Classroom, an innovative program in which children with epilepsy receive their curriculum in a hospital setting over a one-year period. Children with epilepsy sometimes struggle academically because of the toll the disease takes on their bodies and their brains.
Aidan was eating his lunch in the activity room when the Leafs came through. He was such a hit the Leafs extended an invitation for Aidan and his parents to go to the team’s Nov. 8 home game against New Jersey.