DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) – One of the greatest gifts of sport is sharing stories of athletes showing resilience. For 14-year-old cancer survivor and Duluth East student Jay Nick, that has been the name of the game for him for the past two years, and on Saturday afternoon the St. Scholastica baseball team honored him with the game day.
Saturday’s game was more than just a win at the end of 9 innings. The CSS baseball team has partnered with the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer.
As part of the day, Nick served as the event’s ambassador, receiving a Saints jersey, a locker for the day, and joining the team as another dugout player. The baseball and basketball player has been cancer-free for over a year and says his favorite part of his journey has been sharing his story and raising awareness about cancer.
“Before I was diagnosed, I didn’t understand it, and I think a lot of people don’t understand it, unless they’ve been through it or they have a close family member, and so you know, I think it’s great to make everybody know what it’s all about,” Jay Nick said.
“I think he’s proud of the fact that he’s made it, and there’s hope and there’s hope for other kids. We couldn’t do this without the community. In the end, all the sports teams in the area, our friends and family, UMD hockey, St. Scholastica baseball, have been an honor and a rock,” said Tim Nick.
Jay says it’s hard not to be where he was or where he wants to be on the pitch or on the court, but he’ll keep working every day because he believes he’ll be back eventually.
If you missed today’s game and would like to help fundraise, you can donate here.
CSS opened up home gameplay with a double against Bethel. The Saints won Game 1, 5-2, while Bethel forced the split in Game 2, winning 7-6.
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