BIG TIME RUSH: 11-year-old cancer patient drops puck at Rush game

As part of Nickelodeon night, 11-year-old Jalon Janke dropped the puck Saturday night as the Rush took on the Utah Grizzlies. The Rush even gifted Janke his own hockey stick.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Some additional noise was coming from the Ice Arena Saturday night and it wasn’t just for the Rapid City Rush.

11-year-old Jalon Janke made the puck drop on Nickelodeon Night.

“I’ve liked the Rush my whole life and it’s awesome,” Jalon said afterwards.

Jalon’s been battling osteosarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer.

So, the Rush decided to reach out to Jalon’s mom, Emily Delzer, to put together a fundraiser to help cover his medical expenses.

 “This community is so amazing, I mean they reached out to me. I don’t know how they heard about Jalon but they’re the ones that wanted to do the fundraiser and do tise event and it makes me fortunate to live in a community like this,” Delzer said.

The Rush also gave Jalon his very own hockey stick.

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