The story of Laila Anderson, Blues’ superfan battling through a rare immune disease disorder, just got a little sweeter.
Anderson, 11, whose avid support for the Blues spurred the team from the NHL basement to the Stanley Cup, was surprised throughout the playoffs by the team with tickets to games and constant fanfare. She joined the Blues in Boston for Game 7 on the Final, getting the chance to step onto the ice with the team to share the excitement, and kiss the trophy alongside her idols.
Despite the hometown Bruins defeat, Boston mayor Marty Walsh found inspiration in Laila’s journey, and extended a heartfelt congratulations to Laila, letting her know that he was happy for her win.
“I am writing to you because a couple of weeks ago, I was at home, watching the pregame coverage of game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals,” Walsh wrote in a letter, tweeted by Blues reporter Andy Strickland, “when I saw a story about you, your love of the St. Louis Blues, how the Blues/ players love in you in returnd and how you inspired an entire city and fan base. After watching the segment, I turned to my partner, Lorrie, and said, ‘This stinks! I love the Bruins and I want them to win! … But I really want Laila to win, too!’
“It’s an incredible experience and I sincerely hope you enjoy every moment of it!” he wrote.
Walsh, who’s city has had its fair share of sports titles over the last decade-plus, wanted to share in the revelry with Laila, extending the Anderson clan a visit to Boston.
“I certainly can’t promise you a cooler experience than standing on the Garden ice kissing the Stanley Cup, but Boston’s a great city and would love to have you back.”