SnoCross legend surprises boy with cancer

SHAKOPEE, Minn. – A Farmington teenager battling leukemia had a few wishes come true Thursday, a much needed break from a life-threatening disease.

Nick Kraml, 14, was hospitalized for more than a month after being diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in July.

After months of chemotherapy, infusions, and medication, Nick's cancer is in remission, according to Nick's mother Lisa Kraml.

Through Make-A-Wish Minnesota, Arctic Cat, and Canterbury Park, Nick's special day started with a tour from eight-time national Snocross champion Tucker Hibbert.

"We're hoping that this day can be something fun for him, something to take his mind off of what he's dealing with, everything else going on with his life right now," said Hibbert.

But the tour was just a guise for the real gift – a brand new Hibbert replica Arctic Cat ZR 6000 snowmobile and a ride around the Snocross track with Hibbert.

"Best day in a long time," said Nick after receiving the snowmobile.

In the vicious, wind-snapping cold, Nick slowly followed Hibbert around the track several times – something he would have not physically been able to do a few months ago.

"He came from the point from not being able to walk this summer to now where he can actually go out and ride snowmobiles," said Lisa. "He can go out and play hockey."

Hibbert, a Minnesota native, is in town for the Pirtek Snocross National at Canterbury Park Friday and Saturday.

"He's going to win it for sure," said Nick. "Like he does every year."


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