Fans rally for ailing Gino Odjick

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

Fans of former Canucks left-wing Gino Odjick have rallied together to put together a special event in honour of the athlete and hero just days after the announcement of his terminal illness.

After posting a letter to the Canucks website Thursday night revealing his illness and the weeks he had left to live, Gino Odjick ended his letter saying the fans “Gino” cheers were his favourite, and he wished he could hear them again.

Stanley Jones has organized a rally for Gino on Sunday saying what Gino wants Gino gets.

“That’s an overwhelming cry for every member of the Canucks nation, whether it was when you were younger and you’re listening to the Canucks game way back in the 90′s. We’re hoping to get a large turnout.”

The chant will take place outside Vancouver General Hospital at 1 pm tomorrow.¬†Organizers say Odjick’s family says he is excited and will be watching tomorrow.

While fans have been rallying together to show their support for Odjick, close friends and family explain since the outpour of support, the news has finally hit them.

Peter Leech has been friends with Odjick for over 20 years and says being with Odjick through this all he sees his friend lives by the moto of keeping fighting the good fight.

“He’s definitely not taking the position of lying down and this is it. He’s grateful that he’s alive today and he’s looking forward to tomorrow and the day after that and the day after that. He’s far from looking at this as the end.”

Leech says Odjick finds a great deal of strength in the support he has had from fans and supporters.

Fans will be getting together to chant Odjick’s name outside his hospital room at Vancouver General Hospital Sunday at 1PM.

A second rally is set to take place July 13th.

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