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The Ryder Kopacz story—VIDEO

Photo courtesy of Youtube.

blog by Kathryn Przybyla  • 

Ryder Kopacz is an adorable 3-year old boy who loves the Buffalo Sabres—especially Nathan Gerbe.

Living in Buffalo and born with fibular hemimelia on his lower right leg, Ryder had to undergo an amputation to remove the foot, two days before he turned one. With a huge passion for hockey, Ryder is often seen taking slap shots around the house and playing on his knees.

Being slightly limited by his prosthesis on the ice, the Kopacz family wanted Ryder to be as active as possible for a little boy.

Made possible by the the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), Ryder and his family flew to Chicago to receive a new skating leg, made possible from an anonymous donor.

Take a look at Ryder’s story in this video from the RIC.


According to the RIC,

Generous support from an anonymous donor enabled the gift of a new skating leg and Ryder’s ability to now pursue his passion. On behalf of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), our heartfelt gratitude goes out to you, the donor, who made a big impact on the life of this child and this family for generations to come.

Thanks to Nathan Gerbe for sharing this video on twitter on Wednesday—an incredible story.

Photo courtesy of Youtube.

TAGGED: buffalo sabres, donor, hockey, nathan gerbe, nhl, rehabilitation institute of chicago, ric, ryder kopacz, sabres, skating

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