For my birthday Steve and Sue got me two tickets to the Brewers Game for July 12. It was the last game of the first half of the season, we were playing the Dodgers – the best team in baseball. But the real story of the game was the National Anthem. Steve and Sue got tickets through a friend from their church how have a son, Sam, who has a brain tumor. He’s had surgery once but they couldn’t get it all out.
Sam signed up for Make-a-Wish and was accepted! His wish: to sing the National Anthem at a Brewers game.
I was so excited to go to this game!! Stories like this mean so much to me – I get emotionally involved so easily. When I first saw Sam, it was at the tailgate party. He was the ‘man of the hour’ and was with Cory Hart, the honorary chair of Make-a-Wish for the day. They were getting in the back of a club car to go to the Brewers’ Club House. Camera crews were filming the whole thing – I heard it might be on Fox Sports.
Well the National Anthem came up pretty quickly. Those that know me well know that I take my patriotism very seriously. The Anthem is very important to me, and I’ve been at some events that have been very special. But when a six-year old boy with a brain tumor sings our National Anthem – missing a few words, slurring others, sometimes off pitch – it was the sweetest rendition I’ve ever heard. Most of it sounded great for a boy his age. That boy wanted to sing our National Anthem at a Brewers’ game in front of 42,241 people — and he did it.
Want to see Sam sing? I dare you to not shed a tear! The last 4 seconds are the best!!! Click here to see Sam singing on Sunday.