Just before October of 2009, Derrick was getting severe headaches. His headaches were so bad that his vision would blur and he would frequently vomit. Derrick’s mother decided it was time to take him to a doctor, who performed a CT scan, and determined that Derrick had medulloblastoma, a cancerous brain tumor.
To date, Derrick has had two surgeries to remove a portion of the tumor and alleviate the buildup of fluid in his head. He is currently undergoing treatment, including radiation and chemotherapy and will continue to be closely monitored for many more months.
For the wish, Derrick and his family were given wonderful accommodations and dinners every evening down by Wrigley Field along with a time for a meet and greet with the Chicago Cubs. When he was given the chance to have a wish granted through Kids Wish Network, Derrick asked only to spend some time with his favorite baseball team, the Chicago Cubs.
On the day of his wish, Derrick and his family were escorted through Wrigley Field prior to the game. Derrick was even allowed onto the field during batting practice and into the clubhouse to meet all-star Aramis Ramirez! He was so excited!
During the game, Derrick and his family enjoyed VIP seats in the Corporate Club Suites followed by games and dinner at Dave and Buster’s near the field. It was truly a wish to remember.
Ryan Dempster will not pitch for Red Sox in 2014 due to physical reasons and his desire to spend more time with his kids.
“I don’t feel like I am capable of performing to the ability and standard that I am accustomed to. I feel it’s in the best interest of both the club but most importantly myself to step away from playing baseball at this time. The time is right. I’m not saying retirement but I definitely won’t be playing this season.“ (x)