Carrington girl with cystic fibrosis designs Fargo Force jerseys for special night

'My heart was racing even faster than a cheetah, probably,' said McKenzie Jost.

McKenzie Jost poses with the Fargo Force hockey team Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2022.
Sanford Health submitted photo.

CARRINGTON, N.D. — It is going to take a while before the excitement dies down in Carrington Public School after the entire Fargo Force hockey team traveled there Monday, Jan. 31, to surprise a local sixth grader.

One by one, the players came off their bus and into a gym packed with 300 screaming elementary students.

Sitting in the crowd was McKenzie Jost. McKenzie was featured on WDAY News nearly a year ago when a new drug for cystic fibrosis was launched and changed her life. But today, as the Children's Miracle Network N.D. Champion, McKenzie was called up in front of a packed gym.

"My heart was racing even faster than a cheetah, probably," McKenzie said.

Her jersey design had been selected for the Fargo Force Jerseys to be worn later this month at Sanford Children's Night on Saturday, Feb. 12, at Scheels Arena.


"I was not expecting (that), because everyone was cheering for me, and that was just a blast," McKenzie said. "People who had never high-fived me before finally high-fived me. It was just amazing."

McKenzie also says that new drug is doing wonders.

"Well, I haven't gotten sick for, like, three months," she said. "Everything's so good. My lung function is getting better; I can breathe."

The Force signed autographs and played games with the elementary students, mindful that this event was not just about a team coming to town.

On the 100th day of school, the students of Carrington and a hockey team were brought together by an 12-year old who will soon be called on to drop the puck.

"For her to win the competition, for her jersey to be auctioned off for such a great cause, at the end of the day, that's something that goes way beyond hockey and something that can't really be put into words," said Fargo Force team captain Tyler Rollwagen.

Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia, Juarez,Mexico and the Middle East. He is an multiple Emmy and national Edward R. Murrow award recipient.

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