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Boy with 2 types of cancer bats in championship baseball game with help from team

SEVERNA PARK, Md. (WJZ) - An 8-year-old Maryland boy with two types of cancer and a lot of persistence joined his baseball team on the field for every game this season – from opening day to the championship.

Clyde Hicks, 8, has a rare genetic condition that led to cancer in his spine and his brain. As he began spinal treatments in December 2023, he wished to play baseball with his Severna Park Little League team in the spring.

After 30 sessions of radiation treatment, the 8-year-old joined his teammates for their first game on opening day. His brain cancer was diagnosed in April, but even that didn’t stop him from being on the field.

Clyde, who uses a wheelchair, played each week with his team, the Nationals – up to and including the championship game.

“I want to play baseball. I honestly don’t care if I’m feeling not well. I just go out and play anyway,” he said.

During the championship, Clyde set up behind home plate as catcher for an inning, even though he can’t move much. He also took a turn at bat, receiving a wheelchair ride to home plate, where he stood in the batter’s box.

“Clyde is a tenacious kid, and I’ve known that since the day he was born,” said Clyde’s dad, Nate Hicks, who is also one of his team’s coaches.

With his dad pitching, Clyde hit a ground ball, and his teammates pushed him in his wheelchair to first base.

A large crowd of family, friends and schoolmates from Oak Hill Elementary cheered wildly, many of them wearing t-shirts with the slogan “On Clyde’s Side.” His mom, Shelly Hicks, was brought to tears as it all unfolded.

“Even the other team is really rooting for him because he just brings so much joy and love to the game, and everyone just wants to see him do his best,” she said.

Clyde’s team defeated the Phillies in that memorable championship game. Afterward, the Phillies and their coaches presented Clyde with a bat signed by all their players, congratulating him and thanking him for his inspiration.

“He’s just pushing as hard as he can. He’s trying his best, and that’s all that matters,” said Easton Howard, one of Clyde’s teammates.

Clyde was asked what message he would share with other kids who have cancer.

“My advice: Go out and do something fun for a couple of days. Then, you’ll get used to it, and you can keep playing and have fun or just stay positive,” he said.

Friends of the Hicks family have started a GoFundMe to help with Clyde’s medical expenses.