He took a deep breath and gripped the baseball tightly in his glove as he stood on the pitcher’s mound at Dodger Stadium. Michael was about to throw the ceremonial first pitch, and in that moment he could not believe that his wish to be a signed player for the L.A. Dodgers was coming true.
The moment was a long time coming.
In May of 2015, Michael was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma for the second time. He had been in remission for nearly a year and although he faced more time spent in and out of the hospital, he never let his condition get him down. Michael remained strong and focused on doing things he loves; things like hanging out with friends, practicing lacrosse and most importantly, playing baseball.
Since the age of seven, Michael had been a dedicated L.A. Dodgers fan. Watching games with family and friends had become a favorite pastime and was something that kept his spirits up during treatment. When approached by Make-A-Wish, it was no surprise that he wished to be a Dodger for a day and experience the game firsthand.
On the day of his wish, Michael and his family arrived at Dodger Stadium and received VIP treatment. After signing a one day contract, Michael was given a tour of the stadium and the locker room where he was presented with his very own uniform. After suiting up, Michael attended batting practice and prepared to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Before the big moment, he had a pep talk with his favorite pitcher and even received a signed baseball.
Michael’s day as a Dodger brought immense hope and joy to his life, along with memories that will last a lifetime. It was a day that Michael and his family will never forget because his most heartfelt wish not only came true, but it became a reality in a greater way than they had ever imagined.