From my colleague Michael Anderson

Reds Museum members help Make-A-Wish Foundation grant wish of West Chester 16-year-old

On January 19 at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum, Reds Hall of Famer Chris Sabo presented 16-year-old Wish Child Cody and the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, Southern Ohio Region with a check for $7,800.

With assistance from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Southern Ohio Region, Cody wished to have all the equipment needed to become a DJ. The donation of $7,800, enough to fulfill Cody’s entire wish, was generated through Reds Hall of Fame & Museum membership sales in 2011.

A portion of the proceeds from the $200 “MVP” membership dues is given to a Hall of Famer’s charity of choice. Chris Sabo was the MVP partner in 2011 and he chose the Make-A-Wish Foundation as the charity. The museum had 156 MVP members in 2011.

Cody, from West Chester, suffers from Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare cancer found in the bone or soft tissue. Some symptoms of this life-threatening medical condition are swelling and intense bone pain. He has big dreams of entertaining through music, enjoys learning about history and wants to travel to Europe.

“We are thrilled that this collaboration among our members, Hall of Famer Chris Sabo, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation was so successful,” said Reds Hall of Fame & Museum Executive Director Rick Walls. “We thank our Most Valuable Partner Chris Sabo and our MVP members whose contributions helped make Cody’s wish come true.”

One of the most accomplished third basemen in Reds history, Sabo played for the Reds for five years from 1988 to 1993. He was a three-time All-Star, 1988 NL Rookie of the Year and during the Reds 1990 World Championship season led the club in home runs, doubles and runs scored. Sabo was elected into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2010.

Sabo and Cody

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