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Fenway
10-30-2004, 10:56 AM
http://www.wish.org/

http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=51605

The Make-A-Wish Foundation came through with last-minute tickets for Young, his father and grandmother right after the Sox clinched the American League Championship Series. The foundation grants wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses, such as cystic fibrosis, the lung-ravaging disease Young has battled his entire 12 years.
Organizers had arranged a meeting for Young with Ortiz. But even they were startled when designated hitter Ellis Burks saw Young in the dugout, recognized him from a news story about his Make-A-Wish trip, and suggested an impromptu meeting with the team about 15 minutes before the game.
``(First baseman) Kevin Millar was making a home movie and I was in it,'' Young said. ``They taped me when he was signing my ball.''

ewokpelts
10-31-2004, 10:43 AM
http://www.wish.org/

http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=51605

The Make-A-Wish Foundation came through with last-minute tickets for Young, his father and grandmother right after the Sox clinched the American League Championship Series. The foundation grants wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses, such as cystic fibrosis, the lung-ravaging disease Young has battled his entire 12 years.
Organizers had arranged a meeting for Young with Ortiz. But even they were startled when designated hitter Ellis Burks saw Young in the dugout, recognized him from a news story about his Make-A-Wish trip, and suggested an impromptu meeting with the team about 15 minutes before the game.
``(First baseman) Kevin Millar was making a home movie and I was in it,'' Young said. ``They taped me when he was signing my ball.''No Matter how I feel about the Red Sox orgainzation and fans, that is one very classy move. This kid may not live to graduate high school, but he got to see the biggest moment in Red Sox History and meret the team.
Gene

Fenway
11-01-2004, 10:36 AM
No Matter how I feel about the Red Sox orgainzation and fans, that is one very classy move.
Turns out very quietly they did a lot more.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2004/10/31/the_day_was_everything_we_had_dreamed_of_and_more? pg=full

The night of Boston’s World Series bash at the Kennedy Library, I recognized a young, well-dressed man mingling with the masses. I couldn’t remember how I knew him until we started to speak. It was Mike Stelmack, the clubhouse guy from Fort Myers. He told me the Sox had flown him up from Florida. His girlfriend, too. The Sox put them in a hotel and got them tickets for the World Series. In the days that followed, there were more sightings like this in Boston and St. Louis. Fenway security guys. Ticket sellers. Clubhouse kids. The Sox front office, it seemed, took care of everybody. When the big moment arrived, the Sox came up big by taking care of those who toiled long and anonymously.

Then there’s the story of Patrick White, a 13-year-old ballplayer from Quincy who’s dealing with his second bout with cancer. He got to meet some of the Sox through the Jimmy Fund and Trot Nixon still calls now and then. Sox CEO Larry Lucchino once said to Pat’s family, ‘‘If there’s ever anything we can do ..... ’’

You know the drill. A lot of people say that just to make themselves feel better, but they don’t really mean it.

Patrick White was on the Home Depot float yesterday, sitting with his mom, dad, and two sisters, waving to the crowd, doing what all other New Englanders were doing.

He was having the time of his life.

Thanks to the Red Sox.