Last April, Detroit Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris (then with the Toronto Blue Jays) made a trip to the doctor after experiencing what he thought was most likely dead arm, something many pitchers go through at some point in their career. After getting an MRI, Norris found out that his suspicions were correct, but other tests revealed a much more serious problem. Thyroid cancer.
Norris was lucky and was able to catch the cancer early and beat it. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Hunter Bowman, an 11-year-old from Ludington, Michigan.
Thanks to Chevy’s new national social-media campaign, "Day it Forward," Bowman was able to spend the day with his hero, Daniel Norris at Comerica Park.
Here are some excerpts from the story from Jeff Seidel of the Detroit Free Press.
Norris was fortunate to catch his cancer at an early stage. He had surgery in October, and the cancer was removed. But Hunter wasn’t so lucky. The cancer spread through his neck, lungs and lymph nodes, and surgery could not remove all of it. He is considered to be in Stage 4, but the cancer has stabilized.
This is a story about how cancer has brought together a professional baseball player and a child from west Michigan. It’s about fight and hope, and it includes several twists: from a surprise meeting in Comerica Park to an unexpected trip to Florida for spring training. It is part of Chevy’s new national social-media campaign tied to the Leap Year.
On Feb. 13, Chevy flew Norris from Lakeland, where he had been training, to Detroit to meet with Hunter.
Hunter receives treatment at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center in Ann Arbor, and his parents, Caleb and Miranda Bowman, told him a white lie, saying they had to meet with a specialist. They drove by Comerica Park to get a picture by the giant Tiger in front of the stadium. Hunter got out of the vehicle, and Norris was there to greet him — along with a TV crew that filmed everything.
Hunter was shocked.
“I had no clue what was happening,” he said.
Please take the time to read the full story from Jeff Seidel from the Detroit Free Press by clicking here. It is sure to bring a tear to your eye.