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Young cancer victim to throw first pitch
Dade Cannon will take the mound Tuesday in Kansas City
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Young Dade Cannon is shown a recent Kansas City Royals baseball game. Cannon, who is battling cancer, will throw the first pitch at the Royals game Tuesday night. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

 Dade Cannon,12, Great Bend, has been battling cancer since he was 5. Now, he has been chosen to throw out the first pitch at the Royals game versus the New York Yankees on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

Game time is 7:15 p.m. and it will be aired on Fox Sports Kansas City (FSKC).

Cannon recently underwent a clinical trial that has put him in remission and he’s finally getting to be a regular kid, his mother Christy Huslig said. “He’s excited and nervous.”

Cannon got to chose who he wanted to throw the pitch to, and he picked his brother Micah Yellowwolf, 23, also of Great Bend.

Huslig said the team contacted Kansas City Ronald McDonald House personnel and asked if there was a kid that might be interested in taking part. “They thought of Dade and called me.”

The mother said Cannon is a baseball fan. “We’ve been to  couple of games.”

The family will go to Kansas City on Tuesday, attend the game and spend the night at the Ronald McDonald House. One Wednesday, Cannon has a medial appointment. 

It’s been an emotional roller coaster for Cannon recently.

“We were given news chemo (therapy) was not working and it was not an option any longer,” Huslig said. Then, the clinical trials opened at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City and they learned Cannon would be a part of them.

“We’ve got a lot to celebrate,” Huslig said. They have received a lot of support over the years during the hard times and now they want to share the good times as well.