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Cameron's Pittsburgh Pirates Wish Begins with Grand Entrance

Andrew McCutchen greets Cameron after his arrival at PNC Park via helicopter. (Photo courtesy of Allegheny Healthy Network/Alex Jones)
Where home runs and dreams fly sky high, twelve-year-old Cameron had the time of his life. Cameron, diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, was not only granted his wish to become a bat boy for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but enjoyed once-in-a-lifetime surprises that will stay with him indefinitely.

This Altoona, Pa., kid began his wish in the city of bridges with a bird’s eye view from Allegheny Health Network’s LifeFlight helicopter. As the chopper lifted off, Cameron’s spirits were lifted just as high. They soared to the North Shore and landed perfectly in PNC Park’s center field. Waiting for him was the all-star player himself, Andrew McCutchen.

Cameron was recognized as the “Fan of the Game” during an on-field ceremony, served as an honorary bat boy, delivered the lineup card to the umpires and then watched the rest of the game from a luxury suite. Cameron’s enthusiasm was raised with the Jolly Roger. The game ended with not just another victory for the Buccos, but a fun home run for Cameron. McCutchen even gave his home run ball to Cameron. Thank you to the Pittsburgh Pirates and Allegheny Healthy Network for giving this smiling wish kid marvelous memories that will certainly never strike out!

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Header photo courtesy of Allegheny Health Network/Alex Jones

  • Cameron on Mount Washington.

  • The Pirates Parrot welcomes Cameron to the Allegheny Health Network helicopter pad. (Photo courtesy of Allegheny Health Network/Alex Jones)

  • Cameron and his family with the Pirates Parrot in front of the Allegheny Healthy Network helicopter before take off. (Photo courtesy of Allegheny Health Network/Alex Jones)

  • Pittsburgh Pirates Parrot sends off Cameron for his helicopter ride. (Photo courtesy of Allegheny Health Network/Alex Jones)

  • Cameron gives a thumbs up. (Photo courtesy of Allegheny Health Network/Alex Jones)

  • Helicopter ready to arrive at PNC Park.

  • Helicopter landing at PNC Park.

  • Helicopter landing at PNC Park.

  • Helicopter landing at PNC Park.

  • Cameron's jersey sits in his own personalized locker next to Cutch's.

  • Cameron with Allegheny Health Network representative Rob Rathi, Jr.

  • Cameron at the Rivertowne with Pirates Owner Bob Nutting and Andrew McCutchen

  • Cameron in the dugout with Cutch.

  • Fist pump

  • Fist pump

  • Cameron with the other bat boys during the National Anthem.

Cameron Makes A Grand Entrance at PNC Park, Where He is Greeted by Andrew McCutchen

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