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Local Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington Wish Child Will Be First to Run Bases at Mariners 2015 Home Opener


March 23, 2015


Seattle, WA


Seattle is gearing up for another baseball season with the ceremonial running of the bases at the Mariners Opening Day against the Los Angeles Angels. This year, 12-year-old and soon-to-be Make-A-Wish® recipient Jake from Tacoma will kick off the season as he rounds the bases at Safeco Field on Monday, April 6th.

Make-A-Wish selected Jake, who is living with intractable epilepsy, a life-threatening medical condition, to lead the annual tradition as a nod to the role that baseball plays in his life on and off the diamond. Jake pitches for his Little League baseball team using solely his left hand; his neurological condition causes him to have limited use of his right arm. Jake’s love of the sport helps motivate him to work hard and overcome the challenges he faces daily.

For his wish, Jake will travel to Spa Atlantis this summer with his parents (Christopher and Stacy) and twin brother (Brydon).


  • Friday, April 3rd at 10 a.m. 
    Practice for the Mariners Opening Day run around the bases will be at Safeco Field. **Best opportunity for visuals and interviews
  • Monday, April 6th at approximately 1:10 p.m.
    The ceremonial first run around the bases will open the 2015 season at Safeco Field.


Media interested in covering Friday’s practice should enter through the Third Base Entry of Safeco Field (1st Ave. side, across from the Great Floors carpet store). To cover the Home Opener pregame ceremony on April 6, media must be credentialed in advance by the Seattle Mariners Baseball Information Department. Please contact Rebecca Hale at 206.346.4324 or eunyr@frnggyrznevaref.pbz for credential information. 


Since 1986, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington has granted wishes to more than 5,600 children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. 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. Currently, there are more than 400 children awaiting their wishes and there are more who qualify for our services, yet we are unable to reach them and grant their wishes due to a lack of funds and capacity. In fact, every year, one in four seriously-ill children in Alaska and Washington do not receive a wish because of a lack of funding. 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 or connect with us at or on Twitter @MakeAWishAKWA.



Jessica Mathews
Make-A-Wish contact for practice

Donna Verretto
Make-A-Wish contact for opening day

Press Contact

Jeannette Tarcha
Vice President, Communications & Marketing
811 1st Ave #620
Seattle, WA  98104

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


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