Garden Of Dreams’ Chris McCabe & New York Rangers Legend Develop On-Going Relationship
In 2008, Chris McCabe was introduced to the Garden of Dreams Foundation through partner organization, NYU Medical Center. Chris, a life-long Rangers fan, has spent his entire life in and out of hospitals, enduring over 100 surgeries, sometimes staying seven to eight months at a time. After hearing Chris’ story, Garden of Dreams and the New York Rangers stepped in to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Chris and his family through the Foundation’s “Make a Dream Come True” program.
Chris is a Rangers fanatic, and so there was no other way to surprise him, other than through a phone call from the Legend himself, Adam Graves. Adam gave Chris a call at home and invited him to the MSG Training Center so that they could watch the Rangers practice, meet some of the current players and enjoy lunch in the players’ dining room. After a day with Adam, it was inevitable, that they would become the best of friends. Later, Adam invited Chris to The Garden to celebrate his birthday at a Rangers game with family and friends in a catered suite. Since Chris’ birthday, the McCabe family has participated in many other Garden of Dreams events and has maintained a profound and special relationship with Adam.
This past March, Chris attended the Annual Rangers Casino Night as a special guest of the New York Rangers and Garden of Dreams where he spent an evening at the event mingling with the entire team and several distinguished alumni. Most recently, Chris was thrilled to be invited back to the MSG Training Center during this season’s training camp to spend the day with the team. What he didn’t know, was that Adam had bigger plans for him. Adam assigned Chris to be his personal “junior scout,” where he will be watching and monitoring six Rangers prospects throughout the season, and creating monthly reports for Adam to review. This season, Chris will be able to put his passion for hockey to great use, and at the same time continue his special relationship with Adam.