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Calumet College of St. Joseph
2400 New York Ave. Whiting, IN 46394
#Play4Bryce CCAC Benefit All-Star Baseball Game Moved to Oct. 20th
Update: Due to the weather the #Play4Bryce CCAC Benefit All-Star Game as been moved to October 20th at Oil City Stadium at 6:00 pm.
CHICAGO --- The real Superman might have met his match and it is not kryptonite. Dubbed "Little Superman" by his many relatives and friends, Bryce Nowakowski is battling through Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, a rare congenital heart defect. On Tuesday, October 14 at Oil City Stadium in Whiting, Indiana, Bryce and his parents, Brian and Jeannine, will have added backup support with baseball coaches and players from the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) playing in a benefit game tagged as #Play4Bryce.
Brian is the head baseball coach at Calumet College of St. Joseph, a CCAC member school.
"The CCAC coaches were just looking for a way to help Brian and his family," said Olivet Nazarene University head baseball coach Todd Reid, the organizer of the event. "We have been praying for Bryce and hope that the event helps shed some light on his battle that is just beginning."
Born with the congenital heart defect, Bryce had completed two of his three surgeries needed to reconstruct his heart and put him well on his way to recovery. Problems, however, developed soon afterwards when a team of doctors at Chicago's Lurie Children's Hospital found a very large clot in his heart on April 5 of this year. Proved too large to dissolve, the clot led to Bryce suffering multiple heart attacks with resuscitations during that time. Less than two weeks later, Bryce was officially listed for a heart transplant.
Since that time, there have been many ups and downs for Bryce and his family, including other complications leading to injuries to his brain in addition to irreversible damage to his arm and hands. Brian and Jeannine have been there every step of the way staying at a nearby Ronald McDonald House.
Numerous benefits have been held for the family to help with Bryce's medical and rehabilitation needs with better than $23,000 being raised, thus far. The target goal is $50,000.
The #Play4Bryce game will be an all-star baseball game between players from the CCAC North and South Divisions as part of the conference's annual Scout Day. Judson University baseball coach Rich Benjamin will head up the North Division squad with University of St. Francis baseball coach Brian Michalak and Brian Nowakowski directing the South Division team.
The Scout Day will begin at 3 p.m. with the all-star game to follow at 5:30 p.m. A donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students is being suggested for admission to the events. An auction will also be held beginning at 5 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Nowakowski family.
Oil City Stadium is located at 1700 119th Street in Whiting, Indiana.
Supporters are encouraged to visit and "like" Bryce's Facebook page
(https://www.facebook.com/bryce.nowakowski) and use the #Play4Bryce hashtag. Additional information can also be found at http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/bryce-our-superhero/178366
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