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Mick Roberts will never play a game of hockey in his life, but, according to his mom, he lives for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The 27-year-old Bishops Falls resident suffers from Duchene Muscular Dystrophy — a genetic disorder causing progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. Roberts has been confined to a wheelchair since the age of 13. He has never laced up a pair of skates, but that does nothing to dampen his passion for the Leafs.
“He lives for the Toronto Maple Leafs,” said Mick’s mother Mary Roberts. “He is one of the number one fans you’ll ever meet in you’re life. If they lose, he cries.”
Mary has started a social media campaign, and is asking people to change their profile picture for Mick. There is no motivation behind the campaign other than to encourage the Leafs, and bring a smile to Mick’s face.
“Really, to be honest with you, just for cheering them on,” Mary said. “He’s unbelievable, what the young fellow goes through every single day… but, he dearly loves his Toronto Maple Leafs.”
The profile picture shows Mick in his bed surrounded by family members and Leafs memorabilia.
“I’ve got jersey’s here I haven’t got places to put up,” Mary said. “His (favourite player) was Mats Sundin, but now it’s Auston Matthews, and he’s got every little nick knack.”
Mary says it is a dream of Mick’s to attend a Leafs game, but for now they are content to cheer from home.
“We ended up buying a (accessible) van…,” Mary said. “It’s not a really, really, good van. It’s not going to get us to Toronto, cause I mean he’d love to be able to go see a game, but there is just no way because he is not allowed to fly.”