Saturday, October 1, 2022

Chicago White Sox Helps Turn 7-Year-Old Cancer Patient’s Dream Into Reality

A 7-year-old boy who was recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer was given the opportunity of a lifetime before an MLB match on Saturday.

Beau Dowling, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma as a toddler and underwent treatment in the years that followed, was able to interact with players and throw out the first page in a game between the Chicago White Sox and the Baltimore Orioles at Chicago’s Guaranteed Rate Field .

A neuroblastoma is described as a “very rare” cancerous tumor that affects 7-10% of pediatric cancer patients, according to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and 800 new cases occur each year.

Dowling has undergone a number of treatments during his lifetime and, following his thyroid cancer diagnosis, underwent surgery in early June, MLB.com reported.

Downling was able to live out any baseball fan’s dream on Saturday when he swung his bat at the board and ran the bases at the White Sox’s home field.

The boy received high-fives from both the White Sox and Orioles teams as he rounded the bases home.

Dowling, who was joined by family members on the field, was also greeted by Orioles first baseman and colon cancer survivor Trey Mancini, according to MLB.com.

Dowling’s father, Jim, said the player encouraged his son to “keep fighting” and the encounter was an emotional one to hear.

“I wanted to go there after he managed the bases and just told him he was fantastic,” Mancini said.

“I told him I had cancer two years ago and I am doing well now. And I know the same thing is going to happen to him too. I just wanted him to know. ”

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