VIDEO: Paralyzed fan stands to throw out first pitch at minor-league game
A fan who has been paralyzed for 16 years stood up to throw out the first pitch at a minor-league game earlier this week.
Earlier this week, a Utah man named Shawn Wickard got the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at a Triple-A Salt Lake Bees (Angels) game. Throwing out the first pitch is cool all by itself, but this one was extra special because Wickard, who has been paralyzed for 16 years, stood up to make the pitch.
Wickard has been paralyzed by both lupus and a spinal disease, though nearly a decade ago he became the first person to receive a stem cell transplant at the National Institute of Health. The treatment helped him during his physical therapy to learn to stand and walk again. Here's the video:
"I want more people to understand that modern medicine is curing and helping people and I'm just one of the examples of how well that medicine is working," said Wickard to Brian Carlson of ABC 4 Utah.
"We worry about a guy having a tough game, and some hard at-bats or you got thrown out or he didn't pitch well or whatever, but that's pretty simple compared to what he had to deal with," said Marc Amicone, Bees General Manager, to Carlson. Aint' that the truth. What a cool moment.