KYLE, Texas -- The City of Kyle is partnering with Make-A-Wish of Central and South Texas to build a roller hockey rink for a special little boy.
Ash Crane, 10, was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. He grew up on rollerblades, skating since he was 18 months old.
Thanks to his wish, he and other kids will be rollerblading in a new, public hockey rink this fall. Ash’s mom said despite his rare heart condition, he just wants to play hockey. She said nothing will keep him off his skates, not even the more than 20 surgeries he's had.
"They say that kids with his heart condition slow themselves down when they're tired. He does not when it comes to hockey. He does not self-regulate. They’re like, ‘Oh yeah, he'll self-regulate.’ I’m like, ‘Have you seen my kid on skates?’" said Lisa Crane.
Ash even used to ride around on them in the hospital.
"He wouldn’t get up unless he had his skates on, and so they let them skate around the hospital with his rollerblades. So he had his IV pole and he was holding onto that and holding onto mom or dad’s hand and we were just skating around the hospital," Crane said.
She said her son will be out there every day. He even plans to join a league, started by his father.
"I feel happy and thankful at how nice the people are being to do this for me," Ash said.
The rink will open this December at Gregg Clarke Park. Donations will be accepted online.
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