The Flyers Wives charity group, in conjunction with the support group Michael's Way, is brightening the lives of Jose Toledo and his family during the holiday season.
Toledo, 17, an 11th grader at Community Academy of Philadelphia, is battling brain cancer, and he soon will undergo trial therapy at a Maryland hospital.
Chris McElwee, founder of Michael's Way, announced Monday that the Toledos were selected to have a "mini-makeover" of their Northeast Philadelphia home. The teen's bedroom and the family's kitchen will be redone.
"They could use a lift like this," McElwee said.
Fort Washington-based Michael's Way supports families of children with cancer.
On Monday, Toledo, sitting in a wheelchair, and his family watched the Flyers practice at the Wells Fargo Center. Afterward, Flyers forwards Vinny Lecavalier and Zac Rinaldo met with the youngster.
"He's actually not a sports fan at all," said a smiling Belinda Toledo, Jose's mother, "but now he's a Flyers fan."
Lecavalier said his back spasms are subsiding.
"They are definitely not like they were that first week. I had trouble bending over and anything like that," he said.
Lecavalier, 33, is expected to miss about two or three more weeks because of a non-displaced fracture in his lower back.