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Four Make-A-Wish Kids to Visit Newport Aquarium as Part of All-Star Game Trip

Major League Baseball and Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana will welcome four kids to Queen City to fulfill their one true wish of attending the 2015 MLB All-Star Game. Their action-packed itinerary launches Saturday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m. with a dinner reception at the Hilton Netherland, hosted by MLB, Make-A-Wish and the Cincinnati Reds.  

Of the four wish kids, one hails from within the Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana chapter. Fifteen-year-old Carson, of Almo, Kentucky, is battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). He wished to attend the All-Star Game because he loves playing and following the sport. Carson grew up playing pitcher and shortstop and recently returned to the field to join his local team following a hiatus for treatment. He has too many favorite players to count and is looking forward to seeing many of them throughout the week. The other wish kids are:

  • Christopher, 14, from New Jersey, who is fighting kidney disease
  • Riley, 13, from California, who is battling kidney disease
  • Nathan, 15, from Nebraska, who has Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Among the attendees of the Make-A-Wish reception will be Vera Clemente, MLB Goodwill Ambassador and wife of the late Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente; Sharon Robinson, MLB Educational Programming Consultant and daughter of Jackie Robinson; Jacqueline Parkes, MLB Chief Marketing Officer; representatives from the Cincinnati Reds, Doug Kelly, CEO of Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana; and several futures players.

While in the Cincinnati area, the visiting wish kids also will have the opportunity to experience local attractions. On Tuesday, July 14, at 9:45 a.m., they will receive an extensive behind-the-scenes tour of Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky.

Throughout the remainder of the week, the Make-A-Wish guests will participate in MLB activities including the T-Mobile All-Star FanFest; the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (Sunday); the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders (Monday); and the 86th MLB All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park (Tuesday).

Make-A-Wish relies on the financial support of the local community to grant wishes. For more information on ways to help, visit oki.wish.org, call 1-877-206-9474, or Follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @makeawishohkyin.

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