COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Tyler Woodward is just like your everyday average teenager.
He likes to play video games, watch the Buckeyes, but his favorite team is the Columbus Blue Jackets.
“Definitely Jackets games are pretty high up there,” said Tyler Woodward.
Tyler says he’s been a Jackets fan before he could remember. Having gone to his first CBJ game when he was in his mother’s womb.
The 18-year-old says he tries to never miss a game, whether it’s watching from the arena seats or on TV.
That’s why the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation found out that their super fan was diagnosed with leukemia back in 2016, they had to step in. Inviting Tyler and his family to games, meet and greets
with the players, becoming an honoree hero at the CBJ Foundation Cannonball, but this past year he got an opportunity of a lifetime.
“They contacted us to see if I would be interested in going on a road trip against the Rangers and I said, ‘Heck yeah I would!’ Because who wouldn’t want to fly on the team private plane with the
Blue Jackets to go beat the Rangers in New York,” Tyler says.
Tyler says the experience still resonates with him today. Having built a close bond with his favorite player Ryan Murray.
“I have his phone number now. Not too many people can say they have their favorite players phone number.”
Tuesday Tyler was inside Nationwide Arena when the Jackets swept Tampa in game four.
“We were leaving the building someone has a broom and is yelling at everyone to touch the broom. Everyone is coming up high-fiving the broom.”
Tyler is now receiving chemotherapy, he has his good days and bad days.
“But being here for game four the day after that certainly helped.”