Cancer Survivors Honored at Hammons Field

The Springfield Cardinals held a special event Friday night during their game with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals to honor local cancer survivors.

Over 600 cancer survivors and their families were given special events at the game including trips around the field and ceremonial first pitches.

One of the ceremonial first pitches came from eight-year-old Addison Ellis. She had been diagnosed with Yolk Sav Carcinoma at 13 months old that caused her to be paralyzed. A tumor had wrapped around her spinal cord. Doctors told her family it was possible she would never walk again.

Addison represented the Hulston Cancer Center by not just walking, but running, to the mound and throwing a perfect first pitch strike!

Lindsay Chase, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, also threw out a ceremonial first pitch.

The only thing the Cardinals couldn’t do for the survivors was pull out a win, as the Naturals scored three runs late in the game to pick up a 7-4 win.

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