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A special day at the ballpark for a Lincoln teenager

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By: Jenn Schanz

The Salt dogs had quite the cheering section as they faced the Gary South–Shore Railcats Tuesday night.

It may have been thanks to 14–year–old Dawson Cox, who threw out the first pitch.

After spending the last year at the University of Michigan getting treatment for Leukemia, Cox is ready to be at home, and enjoy being a regular kid.

Minutes before his big throw, he was anything but nervous.

"It means a lot to me because Lincoln was where I was born, it's where I was raised, and I've always wanted to be able to do something like this," he says.

Cox got a bone marrow transplant in October, but it failed. Now, his mom Colleen says, his family is pulling together to help make his dreams come true.

"It's just great to see him so excited; he's been really looking forward to it. He's just pumped and excited to do this."

After relaxing in the dugout, and getting his baseball signed by the team, Dawson approached the pitchers mound and let it rip.

"It just feels really great, like I've never been to any sports event where I've actually been offered to do something," he says.

Despite his struggle, Dawson was all smiles, giving the crowd an extra reason to root for the home team.

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