Nate Gallant helps Sea Dogs strike out cancer.
PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Game on! That's the attitude 7-year-old Nate Gallant and his family decided to take when battling Nate's acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL.
Throughout the treatments, baseball has been Nate's escape. Now, he's been nominated as the Slugger's Kid of the 2013 season of the Portland Sea Dogs, helping to raise awareness and money for the Maine Children's Cancer Program.
That title involves speaking at several events throughout the summer and it also involves a lot of fun for Nate. Wednesday was his first time at Hadlock Field and boy did he come out on the field swinging! He hit nearly every ball pitched his way, impressing the Sea Dog players. Perhaps his baseball skills and incredible strength to accomplish anything will lead Nate to his dream of becoming a professional baseball player someday.
For now, Nate is happy to hang out with the Sea Dogs, and his family is happy to share Nate's story to help raise money and awareness of the Maine Children's Cancer Program to all.
From now on, fans can pledge a certain amount of money for every strikeout a Sea Dog pitcher makes at a game this season. That money will go directly to the Maine Children's Cancer Program. At the media homerun derby Wednesday, they raised $1,195. The Sea Dogs pitching coach announced they would be sending another $1,000 to the program.
If you would like to pledge money to help strikeout cancer, head to www.seadogs.com.