Eleven-year-old Zach Bennett of Albany, New York, was born with neurofibromatosis, a degenerative disease resulting in tumors on his nerves. He has endured constant pain, and 20 operations, including amputation of both legs. The local hockey team, the Albany River Rats, had always been a source of joy to Bennett. “Hockey means life to me because it makes me motivated,” he told ABC News.
After his second leg was amputated, Bennett’s mother asked the River Rats for help raising his low spirits. The players began to visit him regularly. When the team was moved to North Carolina and became the Charlotte Checkers, they made a deal that every game won would result in Bennett practicing walking.
Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:5)
Help me remember the power of self-giving love, Lord.