Strikeout Childhood Cancer Seat Guests
For every strikeout Danny Duffy gets this season, he donates $1,000 to NBP. (Learn more about his pledge to Strikeout Childhood Cancer and watch his video here.) We invite one childhood cancer warrior to Kauffman Stadium each time Danny pitches at home so they can watch the magic happen in person. Meet this season’s guests and read their stories below.
Éowyn was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) in June of 2017 when she was just 4 years old. The tumor is inoperable and highly resistant to traditional chemotherapy. Radiation can buy some time, but is not a solution. Five year survival rates for this type of cancer are less than 1 percent.
Éowyn has three older sisters, graduated preschool, and enjoyed painting and going to Royals games to meet Slugger. Éowyn passed away in the arms of her parents in May of 2018.
Austie (left) was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in Sept 2013, he was two years old. He underwent 3 and a half years of treatment with numerous rounds of chemo, several spinal taps, and countless ER trips and hospital stays. Thankfully, Austie responded well to treatment and at 6 years old he finished treatment. Today, Austie is doing great! He just finished 1st grade. He and his twin brother Jack are excited for baseball, swimming, golf and playing with friends all summer!
On August 3, 2016 Ryan Rouse (middle) was diagnosed with Precursor B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia with Diploid DNA. She is receiving treatment from the wonderful staff at Children’s Mercy Hospital downtown. She is doing great and responding well to treatment. Ryan’s motto is “I GOT THIS” she is a very strong and brave young lady.
Noah was diagnosed with Meduloastoma, a baseball size tumor at the base of his brain, shortly after turning 3. He spent nearly
a year in the hospital, had mutliple brain surgeries, received high dose chemotherapy, stem cell transplant and he had to relearn to walk and talk. He was given a 15% chance of survival, but this year Noah celebrates his 18th birthday and 15 years as a childhood cancer survivor!