ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Fifteen-year-old Cheyenna Ames has battled cystic fibrosis for the last 11 years. Friday night she treated all of her caregivers from SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center to a night at the ballpark.
The St. Louis Cardinals gave Cheyenna 23 tickets to the ballgame against the Cleveland Indians. But instead of calling and inviting all of her friends from school, Cheyenna invited every one of her doctors, therapists, and nurses from Cardinal Glennon.
The hospital thanked her by arranging the baseball thrill of a lifetime. Cardinal Glennon arranged a private pregame meeting between Cheyenna and her favorite Cardinals slugger, 3rd baseman David Freese.
Freese signed Cheyenna’s gold Freese jersey in the dugout before the game. Moments later, the 15 year old South Paw took the mound and threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the game.
Cheyenna has been battling cystic fibrosis for the last 11 years, and she said when she received the tickets, she couldn’t think of anybody else that she wanted to spend an evening of Cardinal baseball with than her close family, and all the caregivers from Cardinal Glennon that have meant so much to her throughout her life.
Cheyenna said she was so nervous walking to the pitcher’s mound at Busch stadium because she didn’t want to mess up the grass.
Even though the Cardinals didn’t pull off the win for Cheyenna, she still called this the night of a lifetime. Her favorite part? Meeting David Freese in person.