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ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves helped make a cancer patient's wish come true last weekend.
Joshua Pitner was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in April 2012 when he was 19-years-old. Doctors determined the tumor was an adult terminal cancer called Glioblasoma Multiforme on the brainstem. One month later, Pitner underwent a 13-hour surgery which was followed by 13 months of chemotherapy and radiation.
Following the cancer diagnosis, doctors estimated Pitner would only have six to 12 months to live; however, he has been beating the odds ever since. Pitner is now 23-years-old and has been able to regain his ability to walk following his surgery.
Pitner is not only a brave fighter, but also a major baseball fan. In fact, he's one of the Braves' biggest fans! It's been his wish to attend a game and meet some of the players.
On Saturday, that dream came true.
Pitner was invited to "Alumni Weekend" at Turner Field. Not only did he get to meet a number of Atlanta baseball legends, but he got to throw out the first pitch at the game. He was also treated to a VIP tour, a meet and greet with players and a field visit during batting practice.
To make the evening even more special, third baseman Gordon Beckham, who happens to be one of Pitner's favorite players, presented him with a personalized jersey.
Afterward, he got to watch the Braves take on the Phillies from the home dugout. The Braves may have lost the game on Saturday, but Pitner left Turner Field a winner. In more ways than one.