Brock lives and breathes baseball. From the crack of the bat to the cheer of the crowd, Brock is happiest when he is on the field.
But Brock spends more time with doctors than his baseball team because he also has a life-threatening autoimmune disease. “Since he was five days old, Brock has had blood transfusions every month. He has had numerous surgeries – he can tell you exactly how many,” said Brock’s mom, Kristi.
It’s the love of the game and his favorite team the Cincinnati Reds, which keep Brock returning to the field – even after his many hospital stays and treatments.
For his wish, Brock shared, “I chose to meet Brandon Phillips because I’m a second baseman and I admire the way he plays the game.” His mom added, “Brock’s very positive and smiley like Brandon Phillips – he even named his hamster BP! He’s just a huge fan.”
When Brock stepped out onto the baseline of Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park, his dream of meeting his favorite team and player became reality. Sporting an official Reds jersey with “B-Rock” and #42 on the back (for Jackie Robinson), Brock was one of the team.
He collected autographs and watched the team practice. Then, the moment he had been waiting for arrived, when he saw his hero – Brandon Phillips! They talked about the game, exchanged autographs and played a quiet game of catch that spoke volumes. To end his special day, Brock and his family watched the post-game fireworks from the Reds’ dugout.
About his wish come true, Brock said, “It was unbelievable. I can’t even put it into words how it went – more than I ever dreamed of.”
Brock's wish marks a milestone 13,000 wishes granted by the Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana chapter. Search #Wish13k on social media to see more of Brock's wish.