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P.E.I. boy who beat cancer throw­ing out first pitch at Toronto Blue Jays game

Seven-year-old Har­ri­son Maye of P.E.I. has the op­por­tu­nity of a life­time next week when he’ll throw out the first pitch at a Toronto Blue Jays game.

The Fort Au­gus­tus res­i­dent was a pa­tient of the IWK Health Cen­tre in Hal­i­fax and the Queen El­iz­a­beth Hos­pi­tal in Charlottetown where he un­der­went treat­ment for cancer.

Fol­low­ing five months of treat­ment, Har­ri­son was of­fi­cially de­clared cancer free, al­low­ing him to re­turn to the ball field this sum­mer.

His love for base­ball be­gan as a tod­dler when he watched his fa­ther play recre­ation­ally in Fort Au­gus­tus.

At five years old, he joined the Dairy Queen Rally Cap base­ball pro­gram in Strat­ford, which in­tro­duces play­ers and coaches to the fun­da­men­tals of the game.

Har­ri­son was only able to at­tend four prac­tices be­fore be­ing di­ag­nosed with Hodgkin’s lym­phoma, which at­tacks the lym­phatic sys­tem and hin­ders the body’s abil­ity to bat­tle in­fec­tions.

De­spite the news, how­ever, Har­ri­son went to his base­ball prac­tice the same day as his di­ag­no­sis.

As part of its spon­sor­ship with the Toronto Blue Jays and a more than 30-year in­volve­ment with Chil­dren’s Mir­a­cle Net­work and the IWK, Dairy Queen Canada has of­fered Har­ri­son the op­por­tu­nity to throw the first pitch at the Blue Jays vs. New York Yan­kees game at the Rogers Cen­tre on Wed­nes­day, Aug. 9.

This op­por­tu­nity hon­ours Har­ri­son’s strength, brav­ery and un­wa­ver­ing en­thu­si­asm through­out his dif­fi­cult jour­ney.

“Har­ri­son and our fam­ily are beyond ex­cited about the up­com­ing Blue Jays game,” says mom Sherri Maye.

Dur­ing his time in Toronto, Har­ri­son — who is now seven months cancer-free — will ex­pe­ri­ence a tour of the Rogers Cen­tre, run the bases on the field and meet Blue Jays mas­cot Ace, along with some of his favourite play­ers.

Thursday, Aug. 10, is Mir­a­cle Treat Day at Dairy Queen where net pro­ceeds from every Bl­iz­zard sold at par­tic­i­pat­ing restau­rants will be do­nated to lo­cal Chil­dren’s Mir­a­cle Net­work mem­ber hos­pi­tals in the Mar­itimes pro­ceeds will go to sup­port the IWK.

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Seven-year-old Har­ri­son Maye of P.E.I. will throw out the first pitch at a Toronto Blue Jays game on Wed­nes­day, Aug. 9.

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