It was a wish come true for a Cumberland boy battling cancer – a day at training camp with the New England Patriots.
"It's awesome, I've never done anything like this before," said Patrick Baur on Thursday. The 13-year-old will be a freshman at Cumberland high school this fall, but he has spent much of his summer vacation in the hospital.
"I went to the doctor's and they did my vitals, an MRI and they found a brain tumor," he says.
After weeks of surgery and recovery, Baur and his family were invited to spend a day at Patriots training camp by the Joe Andruzzi Foundation. A non-profit named after the former Patriots offensive lineman.
"Our goal is to really alleviate some of those burdens that a cancer diagnosis brings to a family that aren't necessarily thought about," says Jen Andruzzi, Joe's wife and co-founder of the foundation. In addition to these fun outings, the foundation also assists families with everyday expenses to offset the high cost associated with care.
On Thursday, Baur and nine other cancer survivors and patients got the chance to meet their favorite players and get autographs.
Baur will be returning to school in the fall. He says doctors were able to remove the full tumor, but he will still need to return for regular check-ups to make sure he is cancer-free.