Sam Nahorny has dreams of being a bobsledder, an FBI agent and a firefighter. He might add pitcher to that list once he takes the mound at Chicago's Wrigley Field.
The 6-year-old Columbus, Nebraska boy will throw out the first pitch June 22nd before the game against the Pirates with more than 100 fans from the area there to cheer him on. The group should be noticeable as most will be wearing gold or blue Sammy's Superheroes T-shirts. It is a visual way to spread the message the Nahorny family has championed since Sam was diagnosed two years ago with neuroblastoma, a form of pediatric cancer.
Sam's parents, Erin and Chris Nahorny, and their friends created a nonprofit foundation called Sammy's Superheroes to help raise awareness and financing for childhood cancer research, an area Erin said is greatly underfunded. "I'm very helpless with Sam's disease. There's nothing I can do to fix this or save him. We as Sammy's Superheroes are going to make a difference."
The group has raised thousands of dollars through fundraisers and donations, money that will help fund research focused on childhood cancer. The foundation recently gave its first contribution of $50,000 to The University of Chicago Medicine to help fund a study that centers on individualized chemotherapy treatment for tumors. The university was selected because that is where Sam has received treatment. His latest visit was in April to Comer Children's Hospital where he went through high-dose radiation therapy. The therapy is difficult, but Sam's cancer is progressive and there is no cure.
With all of his time spent at hospitals, Sam has missed several weeks of school. He returned to his St. Isidore Elementary School kindergarten class last week.
Sammy's Superheroes will put on a "Glow Gold" 5K fundraiser September 6th at Pawnee Park in Columbus. Families affected by childhood cancer are invited to attend.