Last word was a special night tonight for Stayner’s Raymond Hardisty who works at Dairy Queen there and where he several weeks ago arrived to be greeted by a restaurant full of friends, family and representatives from the Toronto Blue Jays, Sick Kids and Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day initiative, and then was handed a phone by Toronto Blue Jays mascot, Ace. On the line was Jays announcer Buck Martinez to deliver the news to the longtime fan that Raymond would have the chance to throw the first pitch at a Jays game for all his fundraising for children at Sick Kids Hospital. Raymond, himself, was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of four, received a bone marrow transplant just before his fifth birthday, and developed Graft versus Host Disease that saw Raymond spend the majority of his childhood in and out of the hospital. Now 29, Raymond has spent the last ten years giving back to the people he says gave him a second shot at life, to date, raising over $30,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network. is scheduled to throw the first pitch at the Blue Jays versus Boston Red Socks game tonight at the Rogers Centre. A well-deserved honour, Raymond, for all your hard work… and good luck with that first pitch.
Note: Raymond met a Blue Jay when he was in the hospital, after his cancer battle and went to a Blue Jays game before he turned six. He says over the years he has been to countless games. Those around him know just how much work was put into keeping it all under wraps for the last month that he’ll be throwing out the pitch tonight.
(Source and Image: Global News)