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BLUE JAYS WISHES COME TRUE




                                                              SOUTHWESTERN

                                                              ONTARIO



                                                              This year, the Toronto Blue Jays had an incredible baseball
                                                              season. Canada’s team has a special place in our hearts
                                                              because they helped us grant several magical wishes in
                                                              2016, including Matthew and Ashley’s. Their Blue Jays wishes
                                                              brought them and their families so much joy.
                                                              Matthew is a huge sports fan, and spends a lot of time
                                                              cheering for his favourite teams. When asked what his one
                                                              true wish would be, he knew what he wanted right away —
                                                              to be a Toronto Blue Jays baseball player!

                                                              Matthew had an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look
     Matthew, 15
     Muscular Dystrophy                                       at life as a Blue Jay and meet his favourite Blue Jays players,
                                                              team managers and umpires. After spending the day getting
     I wish to be a Toronto Blue Jays                         tips and advice from his new teammates, Matthew was able
     baseball player
                                                              to go onto the eld to join everyone in singing our national
                                                              anthem and throw the rst pitch of the game.
        “This wish has had such a huge, positive impact on him,” said Matthew’s mom. “It gave him a break from thinking about the
        struggles and limitations he faces every day and gave him a chance to shine. This was an opportunity of a lifetime that he
        will always cherish!”

        Wish kid Ashley is an ambitious and talented 14-year-old. She is the MVP of her baseball team, a pianist, one belt away
        from obtaining her black belt in Karate and an extraordinary artist. She wished for a unique experience that she would
        never forget: she wanted to meet her favourite Toronto Blue Jays baseball player, Kevin Pillar.

        Ashley met Kevin Pillar and spent some time chatting with him one-on-one and playing catch before the game that day.
        Kevin was happy to spend time with Ashley and her family and he left her with the ultimate souvenir - a signed baseball bat
        with the message, “I am now your biggest fan!” Kevin invited Ashley to throw out the ceremonial rst pitch and we’re pre
        with the message, “I am now your biggest fan!” Kevin invited Ashley to throw out the ceremonial rst pitch and we’re pretty tty
        sure Ashley was the team’
        sure Ashley was the team’s good luck charm that night s good luck charm that night
        because they won their game. It was a per
        because they won their game. It was a perfect ending fect ending
        to the day Ashley had been looking for
        to the day Ashley had been looking forward to since ward to since
        she rst made her wish.
        When asked what her favourite part of the wish t of the wish
        When asked what her favourite par
        experience was, Ashley said, “I liked playing catch
        experience was, Ashley said, “I liked playing catch
        with Kevin Pillar. He told me to go stand in ‘his spot’ . He told me to go stand in ‘his spot’
        with Kevin Pillar
        in centre eld and he threw me pop ies.” This was a
        in centre eld and he threw me pop ies.” This was a
        dream come true for the Blue Jays superfan.fan.
        dream come true for the Blue Jays super
        Thank you to the Toronto Blue Jays for their
        Thank you to the Toronto Blue Jays for their
        generosity in hosting our wish kids
        generosity in hosting our wish kids
        this summer and making their
        this summer and making their
        dreams come true.

        Ashley, 14
        Rheumatological Disorder
        I wish to meet Kevin “Superman”
        Pillar and the Toronto Blue Jays

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