Life threw 16-year-old Nathan a curve ball when he was diagnosed with leukemia a year and a half ago.
But this Mukilteo teen and baseball aficionado came out swinging and received strength to combat his illness from an unlikely source: his friends and fellow baseball teammates.
“During [my] treatment, I was at every game and the guys came to my house frequently. That helped me take my mind off my hard treatment… Every guy on that team has gone through my treatment with me and has treated me with respect and kindness. I want to give back to them because they did this for me.”
After one year of treatment and two more to go, Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington was excited to partner with the local community to make Nathan’s dream to leave his personal mark on his high school baseball field come true. It’s all thanks to the Nysether Family Foundation who has adopted his wish through Make-A-Wish locally, Belson Outdoors, Inc., PracticeSports.com, as well as the community.
The field makeover included: 10 rows of visitor bleachers, personalized outfield fence windscreens – including Nate’s number on a baseball graphic, privacy screens for the home and visitor dugouts, home plate and pitcher mound covers, left and right field fence windscreens and poly-foam padding with grommets.
Making this even more special, it was his high school baseball team’s last home game of the season. And, joining him on the field for this special wish presentation and ceremony was former Mariner, Dan Wilson, and former Seattle Sounders FC player, Taylor Graham.
Special thanks: Wish-granting volunteers Lisa MacKay and Heidi Hardy, Adopt-A-Wish® sponsor the Nysether Family Foundation, Belson Outdoors, Inc., Girl Scout Troop #49040, Mill Creek Multimedia, PracticeSports.com, Rod Mar Photography and Van Houten Photography