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Baseball Gives Life to Ailing Youths

nick singh ben ganoe, and shawn drouin

Nick Singh, Ben Ganoe, and Shawn Drouin (Photo credit Ray Negron)

Ray Negron By Thursday, 11 July 2019 05:13 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Cody Ganoe is 10 years old. He has battled leukemia for some time.

This form of the disease he has is in remission. Thank God.

His bravery in dealing with this has been nothing less than sensational.

Most adults could not have endured this situation like this young man has.

I first heard about Cody from Shawn Drouin, who runs one of the country’s best teen programs called Tasco in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Mr. Druin contacted Nick Singh, who works for Experience for Causes, a program that helps kid’s dreams come true. He contacted me and explained the situation.

At that moment I contacted my friends at the Yankees and they made sure that Cody and his family had a very nice day at Tropicana Field.

Cody told me that he is a Rays fan but really likes the Yankees because when he was in the hospital he shared a room with another Leukemia patient who was the same age as he.

Unfortunately, his hospital friend passed away but Cody would never forget how much his pal loved the Yankees and how that made his situation easier.

Cody said that he will never forget his great day at the "Trop" watching the two best teams in the American League. I told him that that was a very smart political answer and that someday he might become president.

I have to give a special thank you to Dave McCarthy, curator of the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame, for his kindness and generosity to Cody and his family.

Dave even gave Cody a signed bat and ball.

Special thanks to Yankee traveling Secretary Ben Tuliebitz for his help with Cody’s family and Eddie Fastook, the head of team security, for not forgetting the family.

The family was very touched by the fact that even though the Yanks didn’t hit, he still remembered them. These little acts of kindness go such a long way when people are going through such hard times. A very, very special thank you to Nick Singh who truly understands the importance of helping the less privileged and the sick.

Life is too short as we all know and to be able to help people one way or another is the least we can do.

I once visited a hospital that concentrated on kids with different diseases and there was a little boy named Thomas. He loved baseball so naturally he loved my children’s books because they all deal with baseball themes.

I already knew that poor little Thomas was not long for this world but even though he sort of knew his situation he fought like a champion. One day, I was reading one of my books and then I had a question and answer session with the kids. Thomas asked me that if he did one good thing a day would he go to Heaven.

I thought that question was very profound coming from this young man. It brought tears to my eyes. Thomas lived for about two more years but always tried to do a good thing every day. I would have to bet that he is in Heaven.

Wouldn’t it be an incredible world if we all lived life like Thomas did.

To be able to really say — "What a wonderful world!"

Ray Negron is a sports executive with over 40 years of experience in baseball. His first job came from a chance encounter with George Steinbrenner as a youth. He has become an American film producer, a best-selling author, and a philanthropist. His memoir is entitled, "Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers." For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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Life is too short as we all know and to be able to help people one way or another is the least we can do.
ted williams, tropicana, st petersburg
Thursday, 11 July 2019 05:13 PM
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