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Teen Determined for Dying Grandma See Him in College Uniform, Brings Team to Her Backyard

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Nothing is more important than family. Families are the people we would do anything for — the ones who would do anything for us.

It’s especially heartwarming to see when members of younger generations still take time for their grandparents. In a day and age when most people are glued to their phones, finding a young person who values his or her family is priceless.

Nineteen-year-old Zach Seavers plays baseball for Lewis and Clark Community College in Illinois. Like any college athlete, Seavers is there to win for his team.

But, far more important to Seavers than winning, was his grandmother, Marilyn. At the age of 78, she was slowly withering away from stage 4 lung cancer.

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“She was more than a grandma for me and my sister. We were like friends,” Seavers shared in an interview.

Because his grandmother’s life would soon be coming to a close, and because the woman had done so much for Seavers and his family, he wanted to do something special for her in return.

“She never actually got to see me pitch in college,” Seavers explained of his grandmother, who had been undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. The treatments made it too difficult for Marilyn to do much of anything.

Still, she wanted to see her grandson play before she passed. With their time together growing shorter, Seavers decided he wanted to create a memory that would last a lifetime.

His teammates were more than willing to pitch in and get a special game together. The guys gathered in Marilyn’s yard as she watched on from her window.

Even Seavers’ 16-year-old sister, Alyssa, was invited to participate in the event. For the first time since Seavers had started college, his grandma was able to enjoy watching him play.

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“She shed some happy tears and sat there in disbelief…” Vicky Richmond, Seavers’ aunt, shared. “… What an amazing, loving gift these boys showed Zach and his grandma.”

Marilyn passed away in the comfort of her home on April 2, 2018. Her family will surely miss her, but the memory of that game and the compassion one team showed will not soon be forgotten.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Entertainment, Faith




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