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Young Brewers fan with cancer gets to meet his baseball heroes

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Young Brewers fan with cancer gets to meet his baseball heroes

By Stephanie Graham, Jessie Garcia. CREATED Apr 7, 2014

BOSTON - A followup to a story we first told you about last week: A young Brewers fan who is fighting cancer got a baseball day of a lifetime.

8-year-old Nathan Sankey of Tomah is in a Boston hospital.  He'll get radiation after having a cancerous brain tumor removed.

When Nathan's parents found out the Brewers would be playing against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park this weekend, they wanted to arrange a trip to the ballpark.

They had no idea just how special the night would become. 

The Sankey's used a crowd-funding website to raise money for tickets and a flight for his father to come from Wisconsin for Saturday's Brewers-Red Sox game.

Nathan, his mom and his dad went to Fenway, even walking on a red carpet.

When the Brewers heard the story, they helped arrange more VIP treatment. Nathan was able to meet Bob Uecker and Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. Jean Segura held Nathan's hand and took him around the clubhouse. 

Nathan's favorite player, Ryan Braun, gave him autographed batting gloves.

"He was smiling the whole time. It was very memorable for Nathan and mom and dad too," said his mom, Tammy.

Nathan was even mentioned on the team broadcast.

The Red Sox also stepped up.  Nathan got to try on last year's World Series ring and goof around with their mascot.

The game then went into extra innings.

"We stayed until the end.  I kept asking him if he wanted to leave and he said no," Tammy says.

The Brewers delivered a 7-6 win for Nathan.  It was a chance to be far away from cancer for a day, and the Sankey's will be forever grateful.

"It was overwhelming, especially Jean Segura.  I'm speechless.  It was so awesome to to see that the players do have heart.  It's something he'll be telling his friends at school for a long time," Tammy exclaims.