Inspiring sick children with Paralympic Gold

    June 4, 2018

    Paralympic champion Mark Arendz visits with four-year-old Elliot Little at the IWK Health Centre.
    They boy is in hospital to undergo a procedure to improve his quality of life with cerebral palsy. 
    (Eric Woolliscroft/CBC)

    Canadian flag-bearer makes a trip home to the Maritimes to visit the children’s hospital

    When Paralympian Mark Arendz approaches, four-year-old Elliot Little is immediately enamoured with the athlete's medals, his tiny fingers wrapping around them as Arendz explains he won them in biathlon and cross-country skiing in Pyeongchang.

    "I made medals, too!" the child exclaimed. He had won an air hockey game at the IWK Children's Hospital in Halifax, where he was undergoing a procedure to improve his quality of life with cerebral palsy.

    Just a few minutes later he noticed the athlete's arm and reached out to grab it.

    "Why do you got a hook on you?" he asked in that blunt way only a child would.

    "Because I don't have my hand," says Arendz.

    "Where's your hand at?" Elliot persists. 

    "I lost my hand in an accident," Arendz explains ever so patiently.

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