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Paul Henderson battles back against cancer

Canadian hockey legend Paul Henderson visits Sun News Network in Toronto on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013....

Canadian hockey legend Paul Henderson visits Sun News Network in Toronto on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. (Ernest Doroszuk/QMI Agency)

JOE WARMINGTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:55 PM ET

TORONTO - All Paul Henderson wanted for Christmas was a clean bill of health from his deadly cancer.

It was actually more his wife of 50 years, Eleanor, their three daughters — Heather, Jennifer and Jill — and seven grandkids who were doing the asking.

It was no secret it was wishing for a lot. A miracle may be more what they were praying for.

It was not looking promising.

Just a year ago, the thought that the legendary Canadian hockey hero, suffering from chronic lymphocytic leukemia, would even be around for another Christmas was a dream.

In a column on Henderson in 2012, he was open about his ongoing battle with a rare, often terminal, form of cancer.

“There are signs of it getting worse,” he told me. “I have to admit the tumours are not getting any smaller. The cancer is now in my stomach, chest and lymph nodes.”


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