What would it be like to sit in the dugout with the owners of the best record in baseball? Logan Jennings, 6, of Bloomington will find out this Saturday, Sept. 17.
He will be the Honorary Bat Kid during batting practice from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. prior to the Chicago Cubs facing off with the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field.
In the summer of 2015, Logan was traveling back to Illinois from a family vacation when his kidneys began to fail, and he had to be airlifted to Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill.
Specialists there diagnosed Logan with Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (AHUS), a genetic disease that is classified as “ultra rare” and causes red blood cells to clot and reduce kidney function. The disease can be life threatening and there is no cure.
Following his recovery, his medical team collaborated with Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, and he now receives ongoing monitoring and supportive therapy close to home in the pediatric unit at BroMenn.
Logan will share his special day at Wrigley Field with his parents, Nathan and Chrissy Jennings, and big sister Lydia. While in the dugout, he’ll be given a souvenir baseball that he can use to collect autographs of players like Eureka’s favorite son, Ben Zobrist.
Logan’s trip occurs just a few days prior to the 2nd Annual International AHUS Awareness Day, scheduled for Sept. 24.
For more information on AHUS, you can visit the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center at https://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/ or aHUS Foundation at http://atypicalhus.ning.com/.
— Bloomington first-grader to be Honorary Bat Kid for Chicago Cubs Saturday —