Published: May 14, 2012 Updated: May 20, 2012 1:00 a.m.
Angels grant wish for boy with cancer
Smith column: Chris Corbin, 12, of Upland, made a wish to the Southern California Hospice Foundation to go to a baseball game and be able to meet the players. The Angels welcomed Chris, who has terminal bone cancer, to the ballpark on May 4 for an unforgettable day.
By MARCIA C. SMITH
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Chris Corbin wanted to get closer.
He lifted himself from his wheelchair on the Angel Stadium warning track. He used his crutches to get across the grass. He got a boost from his older brother, hooked his fingers into the chain-linked fencing of the backstop, pulled himself up and hung on to a rail tightly.
The 12-year-old could see his Angels right there, dressed in red pre-game warmups, whipping bats through air, cracking baseballs and sending sizzling shots deep into the outfield.
Chris was close enough to see the swings, hear the crack of the bat and smell the sweetness of the bubble gum Angels slugger Kendrys Morales was chewing.
“This is so cool,” the former Upland Little Leaguer kept saying on this recent day the he got his wish to meet the Angels.
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Everyone tried to make this the best day of his young life, which, sadly, has been overtaken for the past two years by bone cancer.
His mother, Silvia Lopez, stood nearby, wrestling with emotions, trying to stay happy and positive for these fleeting moments while fighting off the painful reality that her youngest child’s condition is terminal. Read the rest of this entry