A Dream Day for Carole-Anne

Carole-Anne had a "Dream Day." She skated with Long Island Islanders star Alexei Yashin, was hosted by the Essex House in Manhattan, had her room redone by Pier One and Bed Bath & Beyond, was treated to a $1,000 shopping spree at FYE, and will be featured on NBC's "Home Delivery" in September 2004. -Elizabeth VP

Carole-Anne's grandfather sent this email:

"I thought you all would be interested in the [following]. As part of the show "Home Delivery" while Carole-Anne and Luke and her Mom and dad were with [Islander star] Yashin, and then later they stayed overnight in the Essex House in Manhattan, a local contractor redid Carole-Anne's room. It was repainted, carpeted, all new furniture donated by Pier One and all accessories donated by Bed Bath & Beyond."

"All of this was filmed by an NBC film crew for the last two days and then late yesterday afternoon Carole-Anne came home for the big surprise. In addition, the show gave her a $1,000 shopping spree at an electronics store in the city, FYE."

"The show will be aired sometime in September of this year at 1:00 in the afternoon. The show is a new show that fulfills wishes for people with special needs etc. They found out about Carole-Anne thru another charity that Jill was working with."

John Vander-Putten
Wed, 21 July 2004


A Dream Day for Carole Anne

(July 21, 2004) Alexei Yashin gave a young Long Island girl and her family a day to remember earlier this week.

The Islanders star responded to a request relayed by an upcoming nationally syndicated TV show entitled, "Home Delivery." The show's producers had learned about a young Islanders fan from North Babylon named Carole Anne was has been battling a rare and severe form of Lupus and kidney disease since 2001. According to a friend of Carole Anne's who contacted Yashin, "Carole Anne does not lead the normal teenage life that many of her friends are able to. The one thing that keeps her going is watching her favorite hockey team, the Islanders. It's the special things in life; such as watching the Islanders, that encourage Carole Anne to get out of bed in the morning, and inspires her to make the most of every day."

Yashin responded in a big-time way. He asked for one of the rinks at Islanders Iceworks to be available for him a private skate for an hour. Then he arranged for the "Home Delivery" staff to bring Carole Anne, her parents and her little brother to the rink. When they arrived at Islanders Iceworks, Alexei -- in his Islanders game jersey -- introduced himself to Carole Anne and presented her with her own jersey with his name and number on back. Then he asked Carole Anne, who was clearly overwhelmed, "Would you like to go for a skate"?

Yashin and Carole Anne skated, hand-in-hand, several laps around the rink where his team practices at Islanders Iceworks. Soon after, her family joined in. When they finished skating, Alexei signed his jersey for Carole Anne. He then spent several private moments trading stories about hockey with the young girl and her family.

Anyone who's met Alexei Yashin around the rink, at a team event or even the mall can tell you what an engaging and classy man he is. For those who have not had the pleasure, they will be able to learn a little more about Alexei when "Home Delivery" presents some of the footage of his afternoon with Carole Ann. The show is expected to premiere in September.