Mason fourth grader to throw out first pitch at Reds game | People
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Mason Intermediate fourth grader Gracie Bagadiong will throw out the first pitch during the Red’s game against the Dodgers on Sunday, September 23.
Gracie has an undiagnosed neuromuscular disorder that affects her ability to walk and maintain her balance, and she has required a ventilator since November 2010. She's in a wheelchair without the use of her arms, and though her legs are strong she cannot walk independently. She's deaf, but speaks as her mode of communication. She has low vision, but paints and does her school work on a computer using a mouthstick. She’s awesome at math, and is a cheerleader for TNT Nitro Elite in Maineville. Overall, she's a smart, cute, and hilarious little girl whose tons of friends can’t wait watch her on the Jumbotron at Great American Ball Park!
Gracie’s big brother, Mason Middle School seventh grader Jacob Bagadiong, will be assisting his sister during her debut on Sunday night. Each year, the pulmonary department at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital hosts a special day for all their ventilator dependent children at a Red’s game, and Gracie’s spunk made her the perfect choice to throw out the first pitch.
“I’m so excited to throw out the first pitch, and really glad that Jacob will be there, too. I’m a pretty good driver of my powerchair and can get to most places I want to go, but it will feel good to know that Jacob is beside me and that all
The Sunday, Sept. 23 game was originally scheduled for 1:10 p.m. but has been moved to 8:00 p.m. to be part of ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball telecast.