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Fond reunion for Alicia

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:49 AM ET

Judy Halladay still has the original clipping.

On June 4, 1985, her four-year-old daughter, Alicia, was pictured on the front page of the Edmonton Sun, sitting on the Stanley Cup, posing with Glenn Anderson at the Cross Cancer Institute.

"There was so much excitement going on that day with the Oilers being here and Glenn being so personable with Alicia," Halladay said.

"He stayed in touch off and on over the years asking how Alicia was doing. It didn't end that day, he was terrific."

Yesterday Alicia Maryniuk and Anderson had an emotional reunion as the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation announced a program to support prostate cancer research at the institute.

"I couldn't believe that this was actually happening, after so many years this picture resurfacing, it made me feel pretty good," Maryniuk said.

"It was pretty emotional seeing him again. It was breathtaking."

Diagnosed with leukemia as a child, Maryniuk, 28, is now married with two children of her own, and a third on the way.

Anderson, who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November and have his jersey retired by the Oilers in January, had been part of a fundraising effort with the Institute during his time with the Oilers.

After the team won its second Stanley Cup, Anderson and the rest of the Oilers paid a visit to the Institute, where he met Maryniuk who was undergoing treatment.

Anderson was not expecting the reunion.

"It's tough to put into words ... that was a great surprise," Anderson said.

"There is a true champion right there," he said, referring to Maryniuk.

"You can't put that into words. In my heart, that's what it takes to win."


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