Jacob, 8, leukemia
I wish to meet my favorite baseball player
As he watched batting practice in his personalized jersey, Jacob saw his name on the scoreboard welcoming him to the ball park. Before he knew it, his favorite player, Iglesias, came up to him and signed a few items before inviting him onto the field. Jacob fielded some grounders.
For Jacob, it was a wish come true to throw the ball around with his favorite player, whom he admired because they both play shortstop. After they finished, Iglesias went down into the clubhouse and brought out his bat that he signed and gave to Jacob.
“It was wonderful,” Jacob’s mom, Andrea, said. “Last summer was terrible and most of it was spent in the hospital. A year later, he was able to do everything he could before and then got this amazing experience to go on the field and meet the Tigers. I just wanted to cry because I was so happy.”
Jacob, who has lymphoid leukemia, was diagnosed with cancer in February 2014. For Jacob and his family, the first 24 hours that followed were a living nightmare.
“It was just a lot of tears,” Andrea explained. “You hear the word cancer and your mind goes to the worst case. We were expecting another baby at the time, and it was just very hard until we later got a prognosis and better understanding of the type of cancer Jacob had.”
Jacob’s Make-A-Wish® wish-granting volunteers, Laura and Christine, threw a pizza and ice cream party two days before the family went to the stadium which really added to Jacob’s wish.
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