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Predators Inspired By Selfless Cancer Patient

Chase's parents, Jennifer Dunn and Clint Donnell Chase's parents, Jennifer Dunn and Clint Donnell

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Anyone who is surprised that the Preds got in the playoffs, did not know what inspired them. The Predators reached out to a 10 year old cancer patient, and dedicated a jersey in his honor.

Chase's mother said he loved to run. He was running bases last year when 10 year old Chase Donnell first knew something felt wrong.

Tests showed that a mass in Chase's abdomen was Burkitts Lymphoma. While battling chemo treatments that burned his body, Chase first met the Nashville Predators.

Chase's mother, Jennifer said it gave him fight.

"I've got tootoo power. More tootoo power," she described her son's words.

As the relationships with the Preds grew, Chase's conditioned worsened after a failed bone marrow transplant. The Make A Wish Foundation contacted the Donnells, to give Chase anything he desired.

Chase's father Clint said he realized he didn't want a shopping spree or anything for himself.

Chase wished that his favorite place to play, the gym at Walter Hill Elementary, be renovated

and that his friends and classmates get brand new sporting equipment.

Just days before the renovation was scheduled to begin, Chase took a turn for the worse, and drifted in and out of consciousness.

His parents described their last few moments with Chase.

"Out of the blue he rolled over and opened his eyes and sits up in the bed. He told the doctor thank you," said Clint Donnell.

"Wanted him to have his autographed Chicago Cubs baseball," his mother recalls.

The preacher was in there, and he looked at the preacher and said, ‘I think this is a good time to have a prayer. He told us he loved us, wanted his mom to read to him, then he went back to sleep, and he didn't wake up again after that. He finally passed away," said Clint Donnell.

Days later, as requested, the gym was transformed. Chase's name, and favorite number 8, were displayed proudly.

Inspired by his selflessness, Curb Baker racing honors him in Bristol.

" I put his picture on the car and let him ride Bristol because he loved Bristol," said Gary Baker.

Chase had one other hope only a few people knew about. He wanted to sit on the bench at a Predator's game with the team.

According to Chase's father, the Predators coach gained permission for Chase to sit on the bench for a period of play, but it was too late. That's when they decided to dedicate a jersey to their fan, Chase and displayed it on the bench during a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Chase also prayed the Predators would win the Stanley Cup.

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