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Paralyzed Fan Stands Up to Throw First Pitch at Minor League Game

By 08.29.14


There was a great moment earlier this week at a Salt Lake Bees game when Shawn Wickard was given the opportunity to throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Wickard, who has been paralyzed for 16 years and suffers from both lupus and a spinal disease, unexpectedly rose out of his wheelchair before firing the ball home, giving chicken skin to anyone with a pulse.

Nine and half years ago he was the first person at the National Institute of Health to receive a stem cell transplant, and that helped him in his physical therapy to learn to stand and walk again. He’s grateful the Bees are honoring him and his struggle to get back on his feet.

“I want more people to understand that modern medicine is curing and helping people and I’m just one of the examples of how well that medicine is working,”

Inspiring stuff. Keep on fighting the good fight, Shawn.

[H/T: Good4 Utah]

Kyle Koster
About Kyle Koster... Whenever you read a blog and think, "this is something that didn't need to be on the internet," you can bet I am responsible for it. I left a promising career in actual journalism to make GIFS and watch sports. No regrets. Oh yeah, I talked to Justin Bieber once and it was OK. Send tips/tell me I suck: or
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