Hayden Had One Strong Team, Including A Sports Superstar: Local Girl Passes Away

Hayden Foulon - Mitch Marner

Hayden Foulon sits with Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner – Photo from Twitter

Hayden Foulon definitely had a strong team behind her. She was brave, she was loved, and she was inspirational not only to the community of Wallaceburg, but to so many across Ontario and beyond.

Hayden passed away Sunday night after a 6-year battle with leukemia at age 7.

“After an incredibly brave nearly six year battle with leukemia, we are broken-hearted to share that our sweet Hayden passed away last night. She was 7 years old,” Hayden’s family wrote on social media.

“Words aren’t big enough to describe the impact this incredible girl had on this world or how hard she fought to stay here, right to the very end. No one dreamed bigger, laughed louder or loved life more than her and we know she touched the lives of many of you during her journey.”

Hayden had a team of supporters that spanned Chatham-Kent, Ontario, and the globe during her fight.

That span made its way to the National Hockey League, and notably one of the league’s biggest stars, Mitch Marner, who met with Hayden multiple times, calling her his “hero.” Foulon was a huge Mitch Marner fan, and Marner was a huge Hayden Foulon fan, causing the NHLer to reach out again Monday with his the following heartfelt statement.

“Last night we lost our little fighter Hayden,” Toronto Maple Leafs superstar Mitch Marner wrote on social media.

“It breaks my heart to know I’ll never be able to see you again. How you fought your battles always inspired me, you were my hero. I know you’ll be watching me from up above. I’ll miss you.”

For so many in Wallaceburg and beyond, Hayden remains an inspiration. Hayden’s name, and memory will live on across our community forever.

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