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NHL rallies to support young cancer patient

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NHL rallies to support young cancer patient

In Feb. 2009, 8-year-old Vanessa Riddle was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a very rare and aggressive form of cancer that is extremely difficult to treat in young children.

Today, Vanessa is 12 years old and continues her battle against cancer after releapsing back in 2001. Her family must move from Glasgow to the United States in order to continue treatment, but need help in order to do so.

Many NHL teams, individual players and fans have used Twitter in order to help spread Vanessa's story and bring hope to the young child as she continues down such a difficult road.

Let's help get her to 20K. She has a very inspiring story @vanessariddle: Woohoo 12,092 lovely followers thx, onwards to 20,000..... Brandon Bollig (@Bollig87) July 13, 2012
Everyone follow @VanessaRiddle, 12 year old girl who's fighting cancer. Give her a tweet and make her smile. True warrior. Gabriel Landeskog (@GabeLandeskog92) July 13, 2012
@vanessariddle On behalf of every fan of the Phoenix Coyotes NHL hockey club, I hope every day is a great day. Much love to you. Dave Zorn (@dave_zorn) July 14, 2012
Sometimes a tweet is all it takes to make someone smile and cancer fighter @vanessariddle could use a few of those. LA Kings (@LAKings) July 13, 2012
@vanessariddle Hey Vanessa I heard about you through a few NHL players. God Bless you and I wish you strength on your battle! PrayingForYou Dylan Metcalf (@DylanMoocalf) July 13, 2012
Are you following @vanessariddle yet? If all 5000 plus HP followers give her a follow she will be close to her goal of 20,000 followers. HockeyProspect.com (@HockeyProspect) July 14, 2012
Shout out to @VanessaRiddle Age 12 & fighting Cancer. Stay strong girl!! You have the DevilsArmy on your side! New Jersey Devils (@NHLDevils) July 14, 2012
Hi @vanessariddle keep fighting and be strong! My thoughts and prayers are with you! Derek Roy (@Roy9ner) July 13, 2012To join the NHL's efforts and learn more about Vanessa, visit vanessasjourney.com.

Matt Nagy calls Kevin White a 'great weapon' with a new future

Matt Nagy calls Kevin White a 'great weapon' with a new future

Former first-round pick Kevin White hasn't caught a break -- or a touchdown -- through the first three years of his career. He has more season-ending injuries than 100-yard games and after an offseason focused on upgrades at wide receiver, White's future in Chicago beyond 2018 is very much in doubt.

Ryan Pace declined the fifth-year option in White's rookie contract, making this a prove-it year for the pass-catcher who once resembled a blend of Larry Fitzgerald and Dez Bryant during his time at West Virginia.

He's getting a fresh start by new coach Matt Nagy.

"He is healthy and he's really doing well," Nagy told Danny Kanell and Steve Torre Friday on SiriusXM's Dog Days Sports. "We're trying to keep him at one position right now so he can focus in on that."

White can't take all the blame for his 21 catches, 193 yards and zero scores through 48 possible games. He's only suited up for five. Whether it's bad luck or bad bone density, White hasn't had a legitimate chance to prove, on the field, that he belongs.

Nagy's looking forward, not backward, when it comes to 2015's seventh pick overall.

"That's gone, that's in the past," Nagy said of White's first three years. "This kid has a new future with us."

White won't be handed a job, however.

"He's gotta work for it, he's gotta put in the time and effort to do it," Nagy said. "But he will do that, he's been doing it. He's a great weapon, he's worked really hard. He has great size, good speed. We just want him to play football and not worry about anything else."

Nagy on Trubisky: 'He wants to be the best'

Nagy on Trubisky: 'He wants to be the best'

The Bears concluded their second round of OTAs on Thursday with the third and final set of voluntary sessions scheduled for May 29-June 1. Coach Matt Nagy is bringing a new and complicated system to Chicago, so the time spent on the practice field with the offense and quarterback Mitch Trubisky has been invaluable.

"We’ve thrown a lot at Mitch in the last 2 ½ months,” Nagy told Dog Days Sports’ Danny Kanell and Steve Torre on Friday. “He’s digested it really well.”

Nagy’s implementing the same system he operated with the Chiefs, an offense that brought the best out of Redskins quarterback Alex Smith. The former first-overall pick went from potential draft bust to MVP candidate under Andy Reid and Nagy’s watch.

Nagy admitted he and his staff may have been a little too aggressive with the amount of information thrust upon Trubisky so far.  It took five years to master the offense in Kansas City, he said, but the first-year head coach sees a lot of similarities between his current and past quarterbacks.

"These guys are just wired differently,” Nagy said when comparing Trubisky to Smith. “With Mitch, the one thing that you notice each and every day is this kid is so hungry. He wants to be the best. And he’s going to do whatever he needs to do. He’s so focused.”

Smith had the best year of his career in 2017 and much of the credit belongs to Nagy, who served as Smith’s position coach in each season of his tenure in Kansas City. He threw for eight touchdowns and only two interceptions during the five regular season games that Nagy took over play-calling duties last year.

Nagy said Trubisky has a similar attention to detail that Smith brought to the Chiefs’ quarterback room.

"Each and every detail that we give him means something. It’s not just something he writes down in a book. He wants to know the why,” Nagy said of Trubisky. “He’s a good person that is in this for the right reason. His teammates absolutely love him. It was the same thing with Alex [Smith] in Kansas City.”

A locker room that believes in its quarterback is a critically important variable for success, one that Nagy already sees exists in Chicago.

"When you have that as a coach and when you have that as being a quarterback, not everybody has that, and when you have that you’re in a good spot.”