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 granted his wish to become a bat boy for the Pittsburgh Pirates on a beautiful day in the Steel City. Little did Cameron know, he would be covering plenty more bases than just becoming a bat boy.
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. He was in awe of the stunning sight he had sitting below him in the ‘Burgh. Soon enough, the pilot took their flight to absolute delight. Cameron knew he was going to PNC Park later in the day, but to his surprise, the pilot said, “Let’s just go there now!” 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.
With his eyes lit up just as bright as the ballpark fireworks, Cameron greeted his favorite Pirates’ player. McCutchen then took Cameron and his family to the Rivertowne Brewing Hall of Fame Club. There, Cameron had a taste of happiness while he and McCutchen made P-shaped pretzels and munched on lunch. Afterwards, Cameron was full and focused for baseball.
Before the Bucs faced the Cubs that evening, Cameron was treated to an exclusive tour of the Pirates clubhouse. Inside, McCutchen showed Cameron his very own locker, right next to his new buddy. Waiting for him was an official Pirates uniform so Cameron could get suited up and ready for the ball game. He met the rest of the Pirates, got a bat autographed and had a ball just lounging with the guys in the clubhouse.
Even before the first pitch went out, Cameron’s official duties in his new digs began. He 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 from the night to Cameron. Cameron, without a doubt, made marvelous memories that will certainly never strike out!