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Field of Dreams: Mukilteo Teen’s Wish Comes True and Seattle Sports Royalty plays a part

Date

April 29, 2013

Location

Mukilteo, WA

In partnership with the community, Make-A-Wish® Washington makes-over Kamiak High School’s baseball field on World Wish Day: Monday, April 29th

WHO & WHAT:

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, Nathan is looking forward to his wish to leave his personal mark on the school baseball field as his Make-A-Wish gift. It’s all happening 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.

Members of the Puget Sound community, including 10-12 Newport High School baseball players from Bellevue and parents from the Newport H.S. Booster Club, are gathering together for a work and installation party on Sunday, April 28 at 10 a.m. at Kamiak High School. During that time, the group will help install 10 rows of visitor bleachers, personalized outfield fence windscreens that include 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.

WHEN:

Nathan’s wish will be granted on Monday, April 29 which is World Wish Day® – a global celebration that honors the day the very first wish was granted in 1980. Making this even more special, it will be Kamiak High School Baseball team’s last home game of the season.

  • 3-3:40 p.m. Snacks, entertainment and a special presentation emceed by former Seattle Mariner, Dan Wilson, and former Seattle Sounder and current Make-A-Wish trustee, Taylor Graham, will be made to Nathan to unveil his wish.
  • 4 p.m. Kamiak High School baseball team will christen the field and play their last home game of the season.

WHERE:

Don’t miss the grand reveal! Kamiak High School Baseball Field 10801 Harbour Pointe Blvd, Mukilteo, WA 98275

About Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington:

Since 1986, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington has granted wishes to more than 5,200 children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. This year, the local chapter will grant more than 300 wishes. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can influence the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. For more information about Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington and how you can share the power of a wish® please call 800.304.9474, visit akwa.wish.org or connect with us on Facebook at facebook.com/northwestwishes or on Twitter at @MakeAWishAKWA.

Contact:

Jeannette Tarcha
Director of Communications and Marketing
Wrnaarggr@ajjvfurf.bet or 206.623.5338

Press Contact

Jeannette Tarcha
Vice President, Communications & Marketing
811 1st Ave #520
Seattle, WA  98104

Phone : (206) 623-5338
Fax : (206) 623-5333
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