PORTLAND – A young cancer survivor was given a special gift during a routine check-up at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Monday.
Elijah Diggins, 14, is a survivor of Burkitt’s Lymphoma. He’s also a “whiz-kid baseball player,” according to Lynn Heider, spokeswoman for Northwest Credit Union Association, which recently participated in a charity auction for kids.
One of the auction items was a trip for two to the Major League Baseball spring training baseball games in Ariz.
CU Business Group placed the highest bid. But instead of accepting the auction item, the company gave the trip to Elijah and his father, prompting a five-minute standing ovation.
On Monday, CU Business Group CEO Larry Middleman met Elijah while he was receiving a routine check-up at the children’s hospital.
Middleman presented Elijah with his gift, along with a San Francisco Giants hat and signed baseball. He also told Elijah his entire family would be attending the games with him.
“Going to spring training is amazing. I’ve always wanted to go and now I’m able to go,” Elijah said. “I think baseball is my future if I keep working hard and practicing and trying my best.”