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Community - Rays Dream

Rays help a dream come true


The Tampa Bay Rays and Children's Dream Fund had the honor of making a five-year-old boy's dream come true. Nathan Maxwell was diagnosed with Grade 2 Astrocytoma, a type of brain tumor located on his cerebellum. The Children's Dream Fund interviewed Nathan and discovered his love for his hometown team, the Rays. They immediately contacted the Rays to let the team know Nathan's dedication and love to the team.

Nathan's life has always revolved around baseball and through the stories and pictures that the Rays received it was clear that Nathan was one of the biggest Rays fans around. The team invited him and his family to Tropicana Field to be the team's VIP guest.

Nathan's Day with the Rays

Nathan, his brother Caleb, mother Stephanie, grandmother Kelly, and grandfather Gary all came to Tropicana Field where they were given the opportunity of a lifetime. Once escorted down onto the field before batting practice, Nathan and his family sat in the dugout and admired the field. Moments later, one of Nathan's favorite players, Evan Longoria, came out of the clubhouse. Evan and Nathan played catch and Nathan showed off his swing to Evan.

Nathan was later given No. 1 trophy, a personalized batting practice jersey as well as a personalized official game jersey. Nathan played catch with multiple players and even got a few hits when taking batting practice with some players. Nathan put the balls in play with timely hits, ran the bases, and even impressed everyone with his perfect slide into home. After Nathan impressed members of the Rays with his baseball skills, he stayed on field to watch the big guys take batting practice. He even managed to meet and get autographs from most of the Rays players and coaches.

Following batting practice, Nathan changed into his full Rays uniform and was ready to throw out the first pitch. Nathan was then presented with a game worn jersey signed by the whole team.

Nathan did not leave the team empty handed. Nathan gave many of players and coaches grey rubber bracelets that say "Cancer Sucks" that many of the players still wear.