A touching story from the Little League World Series.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard stories of sports teams coming together to support someone with cancer and I’m sure it won’t be the last. For instance, back in April of 2016, the NFL team the Denver Broncos, allowed a teenaged fan who was a cancer survivor announce their first draft pick. In fact, the NFL in general allows teams to wear pink during Breast Cancer Awareness Month to show their support for those suffering through it. However, this story of a team coming together just may be a little sweeter.
J.T. Garcia was excited to know that his mother, Jen Garcia was able to watch him play in the Little League World Series. “It’s one of the biggest games we’ve ever played,” he said “and for her to be here is really special.” Unfortunately, his mother Jen is very sick. Jen Garcia was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on December 1st, 2015. She has been battling it ever since. Still, it was important to her to watch her son and the rest of the Johnston’s Midwest team play in the World Series. Jen told ESPN in an interview on August 21st that it was important to her to make the trip to South Williamsport to watch her son play. “They have really come together and become a family.”
As she was speaking to ESPN that day, the game was underway. Her son, J.T. went up to bat and hit a home run resulting in the celebration pictured above. Jen Garcia couldn’t have been happier and the timing could not have been any more perfect. “I was trying to hold back the tears because I was on camera,” Jen said about the event, “but I was very proud of him.”
J.T.’s entire team wears little purple bracelets around their wrist in support of his mother. The bracelets read: “Jen’s Prayer Team”, and also list the Biblical scripture Proverbs 17:17. A scripture that reads: “A true friend shows love at all times and is a brother who is born for times of distress.” Truly heartwarming to see a team come together in order to support someone through their journey in battling cancer.