Jimmy Szafranski

Jimmy Szafranski and 16 of his friends and family members watched a sabres game from Sabres’ goalie Ryan Miller’s suite less than nine months from loosing his battle to cancer on January 31, 2011.  It was a suprise party his family would never forget.

Jimmy had a type of bone cancer called Osteosarcoma. He was first diagnosed in 2007 and relapsed several times. As a patient at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and a member of Carly’s Club,  Ryan Miller donated the use of his suite to Carly’s Club for every Sabres home game over the last three seasons.

Jimmy thought he’d be watching the game with other kids from Carly’s Club, but the entire suite was reserved for him. He was turning 16 on May 13th.  “We got picked up at my house in a Hummer limo, got to the arena, came up here,” said Jimmy Szafranski. “Yeah they surprised me, cause they lied and said the bathroom was broke and that we couldn’t come up here. And then I got up here and all this stuff was up here.”   Jimmy’s mom, Monica Szafranski, said the game and surprise birthday party gave them a nice escape where they didn’t have to think about cancer for a few hours. “This day was amazing because Jimmy just relapsed again and this mades him forget about everything that’s going on at Roswell and he’s just worried about the game and us winning,” she said. Everyone that night had a blast.

In the fall of 2010, three months prior to his death, he dropped the ceremonial fist puck at “Hockey Fights Cancer” Night in Buffalo.