Cincinnati Children's Blog

First Pitch Makes Girl Feel Like a Superstar

Gracie Bagadiong’s dream of appearing on the Jumbotron at the Great American Ball Park came true on Sunday.  With her brother’s help, the 10-year-old girl threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Reds/Dodgers game.

Every year, Cincinnati Children’s hosts a special Reds night for patients and their families. Gracie was chosen for the honor of throwing the first pitch by the Division of Pulmonary Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s.

Gracie suffers from an undiagnosed neuromuscular condition that has left her on a ventilator, in a wheelchair and without the use of her arms. She is also deaf and has low vision and peripheral nerve damage.

Gracie’s mother said throwing out the first pitch made her daughter feel like a “superstar.”

Read more about Gracie in The Cincinnati Enquirer.

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