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Hospice Patient Honored, Grandson Throws Out First Pitch

Posted on December 06, 2016 in Community Care, Hospice

When 11-year-old Braylen Schuller threw out the first pitch at a Mahoning Valley Scrappers game, he was throwing a strike against cancer and paying tribute to his grandmother, Hazel Schuller.

The game was part of a special event for Hazel, planned by Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice as part of our Make it Happen program, which brings moments of joy and meaning to patients and their families.

A Scrappers game was the perfect venue for a tribute to Hazel, as she and her family have a strong baseball tradition.

Braylen and his sister, Payton, both play; family members have served on the board of the Warren Athletic Club’s baseball and softball divisions; and others have given many hours of their time to coaching, concessions and various programs.

Hazel, who has since passed away, was unable to attend the rainy game but was delighted that a Make it Happen had been held for her and her family. “She was overjoyed,” said Sarah Hadley, executive director of Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice’s Greater Youngstown region.

Videos and a photo album capturing highlights of the day were made for Hazel.

“It was a great day, even with the rain,” said Sarah. “We are truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to allow Braylen the recognition of the spotlight of a big-time pitcher, all the while honoring his grandmother,” she added.

The game was also used as a fundraiser for the Make it Happen program. Half of the proceeds for tickets sold by Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice were donated back to the organization.

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