Strength of ‘Tucker Out Lymphoma Night’ overshadows tough loss for Bandits

Calgary's Geoff Snider, right, lets Buffalo's Shawn Williams know he's not alone during this trying time. (Photo: Bill Wippert)
Calgary's Geoff Snider, right, lets Buffalo's Shawn Williams know he's not alone during this trying time. (Photo: Bill Wippert)

The final score isn’t what they wanted, but the Buffalo Bandits scored huge when it came to support for Tucker Williams. The 8-year-old son of forward Shawn Williams is battling lymphoma and Saturday’s home game, a 16-13 loss to the Calgary Roughnecks, was “Tucker Out Lymphoma Night” and the youngster was able to attend the game. “He actually wasn’t supposed to be here. The last round of chemo was on Thursday,” Shawn Williams told the Buffalo News. “The numbers were a little low, and we were a little upset. We didn’t want to miss any treatment. Then it popped into my head that he could come out for the game. Everything turns out for a reason, and he had a ball. It was awesome.” And even though the Roughnecks left with the win on an emotional night for Buffalo and its fans, Tucker was on their minds too.  “It was a very special night for Tucker Williams and he’s special in our hearts as well,” Calgary coach Curt Malawsky told NLL.com. “It was a great night for us to go out and put on a performance for him. It was part of my pregame speech. Shawn Williams is a salt-of-the-earth type guy and is dear to all our hearts.”

Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at bob.chavez@nllinsider.com or go to RochesterSports.com.

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