Throughout the many years that Graham Nesbitt managed the locat skating arena in Seaforth, Ontario, he routinely went above and beyond the call of duty - opening the rink early, staying late, and even in the face of snowstorms - to ensure neighbourhood kids could get in as many hours on the ice as possible.
Ryan O'Reilly, the captain of the Stanley Cup winning St. Louis Blues mother, Bonnie, was so grateful for Nesbitt's dedication to her 2 sons and all the other young players,lined up to be tested to see if she might be a match when she learned Nesbitt need a kidney donation.
Once O'Reilly learned that she was a match, the only thing left to be done was arrange for the surgery. 'She says that "What you have done for my boys, helping them achieve their goal of playing professional hocky, it's the least we can do"
The transplant took place in early March and both O'Reilly and Nesbitt came through the procedure in good form as were soon on their way to recovery.
Nesbitt's wife, Pam, deeply touched by O'Reilly's generosity, poster her thanks on Facebook: "From our family to you and yours Bonnie, thanks for the gift of a lifetime...Your selfless act means more than you'll ever know."