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Yankees, Jeter add new teammates: children battling cancer

Yankees Give Kids With Brain Cancer A Grand-Slam Experience

During their fifth annual HOPE Week, the New York Yankees welcomed three new teammates to the roster: 11-year-old Sean Callahan, 12-year-old Ryan Tucker and his 4-year-old cousin, Quinn Ostergren, who are all battling brain cancer. When an NBC reporter asked Quinn, "What do you like most about Yankee Stadium?" the answer was prompt: "Derek Jeter."

The New York Post reports Wednesday the three children, who are all battling brain cancer, signed a one-day contract and spent the day with the team. They were even were given their own uniforms and lockers.

Yankees Pitcher David Robertson told the New York Post, "The kids are so much fun. It's hard for us because we're just people too, but it is overwhelming sometimes when you meet children who are so excited to meet you."

This HOPE Week event honored Friends of Jaclyn, a foundation that pairs pediatric brain tumor patients with sports teams. Denis Murphy, the organization's president, told the Poughkeepsie Journal, "Our mission is to improve the quality of life for these children and also raise awareness. I couldn't think of a better way to get our platform and our awareness out there than the New York Yankees. It's surreal."

This is Derek Jeter's 20th and final season with the Yankees. He told NBC it's things like this that he wants people to remember him for.

"I think the legacy that means the most is being able to affect other people's lives and impact in positive ways. I hope I've been able to do that." This has certainly been a heartwarming story.

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jewel June 20 2014 at 5:11 PM

i think thats soooo nice..

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Lisa June 20 2014 at 11:45 PM

Why measure the length of your life when you can measure how good the years were and what you did to help others along the way?

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buffhomie June 21 2014 at 1:16 AM

I wish the Braves would sign those kids, and dump the two clowns BJ Upton and Dan Uggla from the roster.

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stinkyheadzzz June 21 2014 at 6:51 AM

Thought 20 years ago Jeter was all hype. Nope he's only one of the greatest EVER 'cause of stuff like this WTG

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calderasf stinkyheadzzz June 21 2014 at 11:08 AM

You mean when as a rookie he led his team to the WS championship?

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calderasf June 21 2014 at 11:07 AM

Great story as reported during Yankee game other day what a special day for the kids.

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