6-Year-Old Cancer Patient Throws First Pitch at Dodgers Game

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A 6-year-old cancer patient and Los Angeles Dodgers fan got to throw out the honorary first pitch at the team’s game against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.
Elysa Shapiro, who was diagnosed with leukemia last July, beamed as she stood on the field with her parents to kick-off the game. She knows the name of every Dodgers player, but had never before been to Dodger Stadium, according to a news release from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
“It’s a dream come true, and the absolute perfect pick-me-up for our entire family,” said Elysa’s mother, Nancy Shapiro.
More than 4,000 Cedars-Sinai employees attended Sunday’s game to cheer Elysa on while she pitched.
And this isn’t the first time that the little girl’s love for the Dodgers has helped her through her treatment.
During her first phase of cancer treatment last year, Elysa was hospitalized for more than a month at Cedars-Sinai. Her favorite player Kike Hernandez and teammate Joc Pederson visited and coaxed her from her room for her first walk in the hospital.
Dodger fandom is a tradition in Elysa’s family, and reaches back three generations, the news release stated.


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