March 16, 2014

BERMAN | Colin’s Story: Surviving Cancer, With Some Help

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Colin Hayward-Toland ambles over, pauses in front of me and presses a goldfish cracker into my open palm. Surprised at his boldness, I squeak a high-pitched “thank you” to the energetic six-year-old, accidentally sing-songing the words in that peculiarly condescending way adults sometimes speak to children. Nonplussed, Colin sidles over to the reporter beside me, who politely asks for a goldfish and receives it with enviable grace.

Courtesy of the Hayward-Toland familyColin Hayward-Toland (center left) and his brother Aidan have become a part of the men’s hockey team’s extended family.