Monday, May 18, 2009

Reds, Padres Make-A-Wish Come True

The Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres were able to Make-A-Wish come true for a young man from Ohio over the weekend.

Garth Shanklin of Williamsburg, Ohio was guest of the Reds and Padres during their game Friday night at Petco Park in San Diego.

And what a night it was for Garth, his parents Pamela and David, and his younger brother, Timmy.

Garth, 16, was presented with a Reds jersey with his name on the back that was autographed by all of the Cincinnati team while he was on the field for batting practice before the game.

What’s more, Garth was able to visit Reds TV announcers Thom Brennaman and Chris Welsh during the game. Garth called the play-by-play during the top of the third inning on FOX Sports Ohio, earning accolades from both of his broadcast “partners.”

There was a light moment when Thom asked Garth what he thought of San Diego. Garth replied that San Diego is much better than Cincinnati because it has nicer weather … drawing laughter from his partners.

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.

A network of nearly 25,000 volunteers enables the Make-A-Wish Foundation to serve these children with life-threatening medical conditions. Volunteers serve as wish granters, fundraisers, special events assistants and in numerous other capacities.

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Aaron said...

Did you meet Garth? said...

I did. He was a great young man. We can only wish him well as he progresses from here.

Anonymous said...

I am best friends with Grath.