RICHMOND-Little Danny is an all-American boy who loves the singing star Shania Twain, watching bowling tournaments on T.V., and eating macaroni and cheese. But his favorite thing of all is our national past time: baseball. Unfortunately, this 9-year-old won’t ever get to round the bases or end an inning with a diving catch. Danny has cerebral palsy. Not only is he confined to a wheelchair, but he also has a permanent pump implanted to deliver medicine directly into his spinal fluid. His mom says that his mind in fine, but that his body just won’t do what he wants it too.
So when Wish Coordinator Terri McConn of Kids Wish Network learned that Danny’s dream was to meet his idol, Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs, she read all the signs and hit one out of the park for him. She arranged for a private, on the field, meet and greet between Danny and the homerun slugger. Although he is from Minnesota and therefore a Twins fan, Danny became accustomed to watching the day games of the Chicago Cubs on T.V. during summer vacations; he soon became Sammy’s #1 fan. Now he would not only be in attendance when the Cubs battled the Twins, he would also get to shake the hand of the hitting legend.
When Danny and his family arrived at Wrigley Field, they were greeted by Cubs personnel and taken down onto the field to watch the team and Sammy take batting practice. “Danny didn’t say much because he was so nervous, “ said his mother Lisa. Sammy came over and shook hands with his fan and took some pictures with him. “Sammy Sosa talked really nice with Danny and autographed a baseball for him, “ said Lisa. He also signed a small replica jersey and a baseball card that Danny brought with him from home.
Overall, Danny and his family got to spend 2 hours on the baseball field chatting with Sammy and meeting about 10 other players. “ We took 6 rolls of pictures while we were there,” said Lisa. “Everyone there was just so nice. It meant so much to Danny just being on the field for batting practice.” The Cubs even arranged for Danny and his sisters to each receive a huge bag of souvenirs.
After they said goodbye to Sammy Sosa, they took their seats and watched him lead the Cubs to a victory over Danny’s hometown favorites, the Twins. Although his team lost, Danny had a dream come true that day, and that was a personal win for him.
Kids Wish Network sends its deepest gratitude to Sammy Sosa, the Chicago Cubs, Mary Dosek and Homewood Suites for making Danny’s dream come true.
Kids Wish Network is a nationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to grant wishes to children who have life-threatening illnesses. If you know a child between the ages of 3 and 18 who may be in need of their wish granting services, please call (813)891-9374 or toll free at (888)918-9004. You can also visit its web site at www.kidswishnetwork.org.