Mar 21, 2016 11:17 AM
MANCHESTER- Michael Dore is a Nashua police officer who has played in the Battle of the Badges charity hockey game for eight years.
It's a game between police officers and fire fighters every year in Manchester, and that's how he and Hannah Vigeant met.
"He has really become family," Hannah told NH1 News.
This year, Mike is approaching $100,000 dollars in fundraising for Children's Hospital at Dartmouth. Hannah gets her treatments there for Cystic Fybrosis. She was diagnosed by madatory testing at just 12 days old.
"When you're watching your children go through something like this, you need to know that there's somene at your side," said Hannah's mother, LeeAnn.
Mike credits his impressive fundraising efforts to his special bond with Hannah and her family.
"I met her, she was three years old," Dore said. "She had a stuffed animal attached to her hip, 'Raspberry,' at all times."
CF attacks the lungs and pancreas. Hannah, now 9 years old, lives with the disease constantly taking medication, dealing with side effects, frequent check ups, and having her blood drawn.
"Sometimes I don't feel like doing it because it makes me feel different but I realize that it actually makes me special," Hannah said."
Mike inspired by her spirit and positive attitude, has become her cheerleader.
"Some days you don't even know that Hannah's sick she's in such a great mood," Mike said.
And she cheers on Mike too - every year at the hockey game - team blue, No. 7.
"We create signs every year," Hannah said. "It's very loud."
This year's Battle of the Badges game is April 2 at the Verizon Wireless Arena, the largest fundraiser for CHaD expects a record turnout for the even this year.
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