Bigger than baseball: Duluth East student celebrated by CSS after beating cancer

Saints beat cancer and beat Bethel
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Published: Apr. 9, 2022 at 9:21 PM CDT
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DULUTH, MN. (CBS3 Duluth) - One of the greatest gifts in sports is the shared stories about athletes exhibiting resiliency. For 14-year old cancer survivor and Duluth East student Jay Nick, that has been the name of the game for him these past two years, and on Saturday afternoon, the St. Scholastica baseball team honored him on gameday.

Saturday’s game was about more than just the victory at the end of 9 innings. The CSS baseball team partnered with the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer.

As part of the day, Nick was the ambassador of the event, receiving a saints jersey, a locker for the day, and joined the team as another player in the dugout. The baseball and basketball player has been cancer-free for over a year and says his favorite part of his journey has been sharing his story and spreading awareness for cancer.

“Before I was diagnosed, I didn’t understand it, and I think a lot of people don’t unless they’ve experienced it or had a close family member, and so you know, I think it’s great to raise awareness for everybody to know what it’s about,” said Jay Nick.

“I think that he’s proud of the fact that he’s made it, and there’s hope and that there’s hope for other kids. We couldn’t do it without the community. Ultimately, all the area sports teams, our friends and family, UMD hockey, St. Scholastica baseball, have been an honor and a rock,” said Tim Nick.

Jay says it’s hard not to be where he was or where he wants to be on the field or the court, but he will keep working every day because he believes he will be back eventually.

If you missed the game today and would like to participate in the fundraiser, you can donate here.

CSS opened up gameplay at home with a doubleheader against Bethel. The Saints took game one, 5-2, while Bethel forced the split in game 2, winning 7-6.

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