CLOVIS, Calif. — The Clovis Babe Ruth’s Baseball team had an honorary member join their game on Thursday night.
This is 4-year-old Mathew from Bakersfield. Last week he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Head Coach Frank Pavone heard about the young boy through a family member and knew he and the team needed to act.
“We came up with this idea, the league got behind me and he is going to be the star of the game today,” said Frank Pavone, Head coach of Clovis Babe Ruth’s.
Clovis Babe Ruth’s dedicated their whole game to him. Matthew got a mit, a jersey with his name on it, hung out with the players in the dugout and even stood on home plate in between innings.
“The smile we see all the time we got to see that come out we know he is having a blast,” said Adam Reed, Matthew’s father.
Mathew’s dad said they found out about his cancer one week ago. He was playing tag when he hit his head but after he started displaying unusual symptoms, like dizziness and vomiting so they took him to the emergency room.
“They found swelling and they said it was not related to being dropped,” said Reed.
Doctors then rushed Matthew to Valley Children’s in Madera to get an MRI. It revealed he had a rare form of brain cancer known as DIPG. DIPG means Matthew has a large tumor in his brainstem. It is an untreatable form of cancer with no cure.
“It means if we don’t get a miracle that he has 9 months,” said Reed. “We have so much hope right now, we are scared but we have so much hope.”
You can follow along on Matthew’s journey on his website here.