Family Gives Kids Battling Cancer a Fun Trip to a Twins Game

Updated: 07/21/2014 6:28 PM
Created: 07/20/2014 7:39 PM
By: Hannah Tran

(ABC 6 News) -- Dozens of children who are battling cancer are getting a chance to go to a Twins game. It's all because of a Rochester boy who passed away from brain cancer two years ago.

But it was his love for baseball that caught the attention of the Minnesota Twins. Liz and Tom Canan’s son, Will, died from a brain tumor in October of 2012. He struggled with it for over eight years, but in between that time, the family connected with the team. After his death, out of an act of kindness and through the work of local non-profit organization Brighter Tomorrows,  they managed to get over a hundred free tickets to a Twins game for families who are also battling childhood cancer.

“I hope they feel the weight lift off from their shoulders for a few hours, at least,” said Will’s father Tom.

There, they hope the families can forget their own personal battles, battles that are sometimes a triumph, or a loss.

“Today is in memory of Will,” said Tom Canan as he addressed a group of families before boarding the bus to Minneapolis.

Will's love of baseball comes to life, sometimes literally.

“He has a full floor to ceiling poster of Justin Morneau and a baseball covered with the signatures of the New York Yankees,” said Will’s mother, Liz.  

They're treasures and memory banks, storing recollections that will never know the boundaries of time.

“One of my greatest fears after losing Will is that people will forget,” said Liz.

Some families lose their battles to cancer. But memory lane is an endless road and they're paving it by small moments like these. Liz Canan will hold the tangible remains of Will’s livelihood and share it with others.

“You have to do want you want to do, everything you can to keep his memory alive and to honor that.”

Thanks to a Rochester boy who passed away two years ago, kids battling with cancer get to watch a Twins game.

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