Adam Bender, 8, was one of several kids who played baseball in Kentucky's Southeastern’s rookie league at Veterans Park last year. But what makes Adam stand out is he plays one of the toughest positions on the field, catcher, with only one leg. Because of cancer, he had his left leg amputated when he was one. But he doesn’t use a prosthesis and only uses crutches when he reaches base for the Astros. Click the pic to read his story. Or the triangular play button below to see him playing with all his heart.
UPDATE: Since the story of 8-year old cancer survivor Adam Bender was published in the Lexington Herald-Leader, and on www.kentucky.com, on June 1, 2008, the one-legged catcher has been invited to throw out first pitches at a Chicago White Sox game, a Cincinnati Reds game, a Houston Astros game, and has been invited to a Garth Brooks benefit in Las Vegas. He is also being profiled for a story that will air on ESPN. On Sunday June 6, 2008, Adam threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Adam Dunn of the Reds. Edited and adapted from articles by Mike Fields and Charles Bertram.