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Heads turned Wednesday night when an extra-long limousine with a police motorcycle escort rolled up to TD Ameritrade Park.
The officers gave a siren blast. The black-over-white limo stopped. A mustachioed man in a coat and tie hurried to the back door.
He opened it, and baseball fans took a break from peering at rain clouds to watch a bunch of kids and young adults climb out of their swanky ride.
The young people, mostly teenagers, are undergoing cancer treatment, or have completed it, at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
Each year Child Life Services specialists at the hospital lead an outing to seats behind home plate for a College World Series game. It's one of the Teen Night Out events aimed at helping the youths spend time with other kids also dealing with cancer.
“It makes you feel more normal,” said Grace Fitting, 22, of Omaha, who became friends with fellow bone cancer survivor Aly Poteet through the program.
“You don't feel like such a freak,” said Poteet, 22, of Omaha.
Dillon Hilger of Bennington and Dom Davis of Omaha, both 15, were to see their first CWS game, on their first Teen Night Out. Unfortunately for the two boys, and the other youths on the outing, the game eventually was postponed because of rain.
Hilger said having cancer and undergoing chemotherapy and radiation — he said he's done — had made him take everything more seriously. Davis wore a tank top that showed a tattoo on his arm with a pink ribbon and the date he started treatment, Feb. 15, 2012. He's in remission, back to weightlifting and playing hoops.
Of the limo and game Davis said, “It's nice that people care enough to send donations so kids who can't really do too much can have fun for a night or two.”