When it comes to Super Heroes, we have the ones we know from comic books and movies, but real life heroes exist in reality whether it’s a police officer, doctors, or someone in the armed forces.
For the Chicago Cubs organization, outfielder Matt Szczur saved the life of a young girl on the other side of the globe when she needed a bone marrow transplant. The two became connected when Szczur was in college, a decision that pulled him away from both college football and baseball at the time.
It’s a story that aired on ESPN and caught the attention of fans across the country. Now, he’s a reliable player that the Cubs have called up on several occasions throughout the 2015 campaign and should continue to do so in 2016 if he doesn’t crack the opening day roster.
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Just years after Szczur saved a little girl’s life, a Cubs fan has stepped up and done the same for a supporter of the teams biggest rival. The Chicago White Sox.
According to the Red Eye Chicago, a 35-year-old Cubs fan by the name of Chris White donated one of his kidney’s to five-year-old Drew Duszynski, proving that there’s more to life than a bitter rivalry between two clubs that share the same city.
Just two years ago, Drew’s (autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease) kidney function began to decline up until 2015 when he had both of them removed, being forced to daily dialysis even when he was sleeping. Something that no child should have to go through or parent should have to witness.
"“Drew has rolled with it as much as a 5-year-old can. He loves sports and has wanted to play all of them since he was little. He’d get frustrated playing kickball, not being fast enough to run. Often, his friends would assign a base runner for him.” – Drew’s Mother via Red Eye Chicago"
The article notes that Drew received his new kidney from Chris last month in Milwaukee at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
Shortly after the procedure was finished, both families continued to stay in touch throughout the Holiday’s. What most wouldn’t expect, is that Drew’s family, who are obviously Sox fans if you missed that bit, sent Chris and his family some Cubs merchandise as a thank-you gift.
Hopefully, both organizations are aware of this story and will allow both Chris and Drew throw out the first pitch at both Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular when the Crosstown Classic begins.