By Ed Richter

April Caddell said her son Carter’s first love is sports — all sports.

Carter, 8, experienced his own field of dreams after getting a chance recently to spend some time with his favorite baseball player, Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips. The meeting was part of a wish granted through the McCrabb Open, which, for the last 25 years has granted wishes of children who have cancer. Journal-News reporter Rick McCrabb founded the McCrabb Open in 1990.

Carter, a students at Middletown Christian, was diagnosed in early February with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Over a five-week period, he had underwent intensive chemotherapy treatment at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and lost his hair. He is now in remission, according to his mother.

While basketball is his very favorite sport, April Caddell said Carter also loves baseball and that Phillips is his favorite player. When Carter plays baseball, he likes to play at second base just like Phillips.

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