RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — It was a special day for one 7-year-old from Onslow County.
Chase Bass is battling cancer.
But Thursday, his wish to hang out with the Carolina Hurricanes — his favorite hockey team — was granted.
Bass was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the white blood cells in Sept. 2015. Thursday, thanks to Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina, he got to not just hang out with his favorite player, Jeff Skinner, but play street hockey with him, too.
“This means the world to him,” said Tonya Bass of Richlands, Chase’s mother. “We didn’t tell him he was getting to come until last Saturday when he finally found out that his wish has been granted. For there it was when we are leaving. When are we leaving. He is just extremely excited. He was ready to come. ”
Chase got the VIP treatment, sitting on the bench during practice and even taking a team photo on the ice.
“Wishes really do help these kids forget about — for a while — their medical treatments and going to the doctors’ visits and (helps them be) able to recharge the batteries,” said Bob Frazier of Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina.
What was his favorite part of practice?
“I liked when Jeff Skinner and Jaccob Slavin both fell,” he said.
After practice, Bass got to hang out with Skinner in the locker room.
The two talked about monster trucks and hockey fights.
Then it was time for a street hockey game against the Hurricanes outside.
Chase scored nine goals.
Afterward, Hurricanes General Manager Ron Francis called a special press conference to sign Bass to a one-day contract with the team.
“(I liked) just sort of seeing all of the fun he had,” Skinner said. “For us to play a small part in that is a pretty cool feeling.
The VIP treatment will continue Friday, when Bass will attend the Hurricanes game against the Buffalo Sabres.