Casey Cares kid Colton, just 3, is a huge Cincinnati Reds fan. He and big brother, Carson, play baseball any chance they get and are often watching baseball on TV. They even bring their baseball gloves to the beach!
But the boys had never been to a game in person.
That all changed when Casey Cares teamed up with UMPS CARE Charities and the Cincinnati Reds to provide Colton and his family tickets to a game - and much more! Colton, who is battling cystic fibrosis and has undergone five surgeries, were treated like VIPs at a recent game at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
They got to play catch ON THE FIELD where their Reds' heroes play; they met Major League Baseball umpires and got a behind-the-scenes look at the stadium, and of course, they got to cheer on their team when they played the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Greg Erdman, a Casey Cares volunteer who attended the event with his daughter, could tell right away how much this moment meant to Colton, Carson and their entire family.
"When we were on the field, the excitement in his eyes it was wonderful to see, especially for someone who has gone through so many difficulties in his life," Erdman told Cincinnati TV station WLWT.
When life throws curveballs at kids, Casey Cares is here to keep them and their families in the game.
Check out this great story that appeared on WCPO!
We really appreciate the support of UMPS CARE Charities, the Major League Baseball umpires and the Cincinnati Reds for helping us make little moments and lasting memories for kids like Colton! If you know of an Ohio family with a critically ill child who would benefit from our programs at Casey Cares, please click here