Delaware resident Nick Roden is going to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
On Wednesday evening, he got to throw the first pitch at the Columbus Clippers game, celebrating a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“Throwing the first pitch was like a wish in itself,” Roden said. “I had no idea they would surprise me with this, too.”
Last year Nick got his chance to make a wish and he wished to see the Olympic Games in Brazil.
“I’m really excited for the gold medal basketball game,” he said. He said he’s a big basketball fan, and said he can’t wait to see some of his favorite basketball players, like Kyrie Irving. He also plans to catch the soccer, track and wrestling events while he’s there.
“I can’t believe it’s really happening,” Roden said. “The whole experience will be awesome.”
Roden, 17, is living with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that particularly affects the lungs and digestive system.
He be heading to Rio with his family Aug. 16-23.
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Morgyn Cooper is an intern for The Gazette.