Our best wishes from everyone at HIO for a speedy and full recovery for Alex Smidt, a 13-year-old Canadiens fan from Regina who is battling bacterial meningitis.
Alex was rushed by air to Calgary Children’s Hospital recently and has undergone four surgeries. The teenager was wearing his Canadiens pajamas and shirt when taken to hospital and also brought a Habs flag with him.
Ian Cobb, a lifetime Habs fan who grew up in St. Lambert and now lives in Belleville, Ont., and organizes the annual HIO Summit in Montreal, made arrangements for Rob Hing and his wife Alayne – members of the HIO family who live in Calgary – to visit Alex in hospital Monday and they brought along some Habs goodies for the teenager (photo above).
Hing told Alex that everyone at HIO was cheering for him and Cobb is making arrangements to have tickets for Alex and his father to attend this season’s HIO Summit slated for Nov. 29 when the Buffalo Sabres are in town if the youngster is healthy enough to travel by that time.
“Hopefully it gives him something to look forward to and keeps him motivated to keep fighting and to get better,” Hing told Cobb in an email.
Here’s a post Alex’s father – longtime HIO member John Smidt – put on HIO Monday night after his son received the Habs gifts from Hing and his wife:
Hi everyone, just thought I’d let u know that my son Alex is doing very well in the children’s hospital in Calgary…the doctors are amazed at how well he’s recovering from the 4 surgeries and the meningitis that he had…. I want to thank a couple more HIO members, Timo and Rob from Calgary…. Rob and his wife visited Alex today and really made Alex’s day and he was very excited and the gifts Rob and his Mrs. brought him: they brought him a Habs jersey, a coffee cup (travel mug) and a night light for his room! I’m at home in Regina, Alex had to phone so excited about his stuff! My wife and I cried at the generosity of what Rob did for our little boy! That made Alex’s day he was very, very excited.
My wife said she hadn’t seen Alex this excited in a long, long time! So again I just wanted to say thank you again to all of you guys on here for your thoughts and prayers for Alex ……you guys are the greatest and it makes me so very proud to be a Habs fan seeing all the love and support you guys gave me, my wife and Alex that this most difficult time! Alex said to me dad now I have a new Habs jersey that I can wear to the summit and I can wear when we watch the Habs win the Stanley Cup! He said with my new jersey dad I’m now a full fledged Habs fan! I said that can go with your Habs pj’s your shirts, winter jacket … you were born a Habs fan son! He said I love you dad and I can’t wait to watch our Habs play! Also like I said I want to give a big thank-you to Timo and Ian Cobb, and Rob! My heart goes out to you! Everyone on here thank you again so very much ill never forget all the out pouring of love for my son Alex!
THANK-YOU GUYS SO VERY MUCH! I LOVE ALL YOU GUYS
HABSGOD (JOHN SMIDT)
(Photo courtesy of Rob Hing)