Just another reminder to live life to the fullest, every day.
PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) -The fall baseball season isn’t supposed to start until next week, but one Prattville little league team made sure their starting pitcher and his father had the game of a lifetime.
It’s Ryan Parrish’s first time on the pitching mound. The 11-year-old is hoping for “just strikes,” he said.
Sadly, Ryan’s first game of the season could be his dad’s last opportunity to watch his son play ball.
“Over the summer we found out my dad had cancer,” said Ryan, choking back tears.
Ryan’s dad, Gary, was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and metastasized to the liver in June.
“He played last year, and Gary was at every game,” said the boy’s grandfather, Roy Parrish. “And this will probably be his only game, so it means his life actually to come see the game.”
Gary’s father said Tuesday’s game was happy and heartbreaking at the same time. Gary’s liver is 60 percent covered by cancer, and the family had no choice but to call on Hospice last week.
In August, doctors pulled 20 lbs of fluid off Gary’s abdomen and stopped treatments Sept. 1 because his body wasn’t responding anymore. Needless to say, this summer has been difficult on the Parrish family.
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