A 12-year-old Algonquin boy hoping to honor his sick mother by hitting a home run at a national tournament did just that last week, according to the Daily Herald.
Mason Kamp—a catcher and first basemen for the McHenry County Outlaws—was competing with his team at the Cooperstown Dreams Park youth baseball invitational tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y., when he hit the grand slam, according to the Daily Herald article.
He had been telling family and friends that he wanted to hit the home run for his mom, Kathy Dozier, who is battling Stage 4 melanoma, according to the article.
Dozier, 43, who owns Chasin' Our Tails dog day care and boarding facility in Cary, along with her husband and other family members witnessed the inspiring grand slam hit by Mason Kamp, which came in third game of the tournament against the Florida Naturals on June 4, according to the article.
In the third inning and with two outs and the bases loaded, Mason Kamp, who will be in seventh grade next year at in Algonquin, "cracked a bullet over the wall," Dozier told the Daily Herald.
"...All I remember is screaming, jumping and crying, watching him run the bases and get celebrated by his team," Dozier said in the article.
“Mason made me forget about my past with cancer, my future with cancer. I got to live in the moment. And no matter what my future holds, I will always draw on this Cooperstown experience," Dozier said in the article.
For more on this story, visit the Daily Herald. The grand slam hit also made it into an article in The Daily Star, which is the local daily paper for Cooperstown, N.Y.