Field of dreams: Boy battling cancer meets favorite Indians player

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CLEVELAND — The home of the Indians becomes a “Field of Dreams” for a six-year-old boy battling a rare form of brain cancer.

The young survivor watched his favorite Indians player hit a home run which was a thrill of a lifetime.

“It was like boom.. bat was so hard. He made a home run,” said Yan Perez.

Yan can’t stop talking about his favorite player, Yan Gomes, who hit a massive homer against the Royals on Sunday.

Yan and the Indians catcher share the same first name plus a passion for baseball.

Gomes took time before the game to take pictures with the 6-year-old on the field thanks to the ‘A Special Wish Cleveland Chapter.’

“He felt special. If he is Yan Gomes, I can be like him. I can be playing out there and just be like him,” said Yansen Perez, Yan’s mother.

Before Sunday’s game, the boy gave Yan Gomes a rubber bracelet, that says  ‘Together We Fight, Yan’s Fighters.’ Gomes was wearing the bracelet when he hit the big homer.

“It was really cool. He gave me this bracelet and my first at bat I hit a home run and I even went back to him and I was like, ‘hey man, look dude. This is good luck now; so I’m gonna wear this forever,'” the Indians player said.

Yan Perez has been battling brain cancer since he was six months old.

Since January, he’s has been receiving cancer treatments at the Cleveland Clinic and has been staying at the Ronald McDonald House with his family, who are originally from Puerto Rico.

“He has a very rare brain tumor and right now he has three of them in different parts of his brain. He was diagnosed in October of 2008,” said Perez.

Not only did Yan get to meet his favorite Indians player, he also threw out the first pitch.

Gomes said he’s glad he could put a smile on Yan’s face. “I mean, I really didn’t do anything. I just talked to him and let him know that we care for him and I told him to keep fighting and we’ll be praying for him. To see how much it meant to him is really awesome.”

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