‘Superman always enjoys meeting other supermen,’ centrefielder says after boy’s letter hits home
Five-year-old Cullen Chisholm of Antigonish is a baseball player with cerebral palsy and global developmental delay who may be about to see one of his dreams come true.
Cullen is hoping to meet Blue Jays centrefielder Kevin Pillar at the National Challenger Baseball Jamboree in Toronto at the Rogers Centre Stadium in June.
And it’s all because of a shot-in-the-dark letter to Pillar.
Superman to Superman
Cullen is non-verbal and has limited mobility, so his father Wade helped out with the composition and writing.
“I sat down with him, and we were just writing it, and I was talking him through it,” said Wade. “I picked the letter to Kevin Pillar, because sometimes we just call Cullen our little Superman.”
Pillar’s nickname is also Superman because of his impressive flying catches.
The letter described how Cullen wanted to meet the Blue Jays star and how they have more in common than their love of baseball.
“Dad sometimes call me Superman because I’ve been through a lot,” the letter said, “so we should hang out because we have the same nickname.”
Wade posted the letter on Facebook and soon afterward, his friend Roger MacGillivray tweeted it to Pillar.
Within hours, Pillar responded to the tweet via private message to MacGillivray.
The message read: “Remind me when it is closer and I will be there. Superman always enjoys meeting other supermen. Take care.”
Cullen participates in Antigonish Challenger Baseball, a program in which kids from ages four to 18 with cognitive and physical special needs, play baseball structured to their abilities.
Coach Randy Crouse encouraged all his players to write to the Blue Jays.
He says it’s great that Pillar has responded to Cullen’s letter.
“To write back, it just goes to show that — you know, they’re superstar athletes — but still it’s nice to see them to reach out to the fans, especially the kids,” said Crouse.
The team has been fundraising since last June to go to the Jamboree this year.
Their goal is $45,000, with $40,000 already nailed down and a bit more than a month to raise the rest.
By Molly Woodgate, CBC News | photo:Wade Chisholm
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