NORTH CANTON, Ohio – The Walsh Cavaliers baseball program welcomed a special addition to the Walsh family on Wednesday (Sept. 4) in the Cavalier Room at the Cecchini Center.
Landon Peterman, seven years old of Copley, Ohio, was adopted by the baseball team, in conjunction with the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. For the 2019 season, Landon will join the team for practices, games and other Walsh baseball events.
With his parents Carrie and Randy and his siblings, Addison, Colton and Brooklyn around him, Landon signed a letter of intent to be a part of the Walsh baseball community with a smile on his face.
Landon's dad Randy spoke about the opportunity that arose for the Peterman family and Landon, "Our family is excited for the opportunity for Landon to be a part of the program and looking forward to getting to know the players and coaches of the Walsh baseball program."
Peterman was diagnosed with a Medulloblastoma brain tumor in December of 2018 and has been undergoing treatment since before Christmas. After experiencing headaches and nausea, the family found out that Landon had a tumor in the fourth ventricle. Following surgery, he successfully underwent 30 radiation treatments and is moving to be halfway through his 48 chemotherapy treatments.
Head Coach Tim Mead set up the ceremony through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation was incredibly excited to welcome Landon and the Peterman family to Walsh, "Landon, welcome to the Walsh baseball program! We are really excited to have Landon this season and the guys are going to welcome Landon and his family."
The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation was started by the Murphy family, whose daughter Jaclyn was diagnosed with a Medulloblastoma at nine years old. According to the website, "The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life for children battling pediatric brain tumors and other childhood cancers and to raise awareness through their Adopt-A-Child, Safe on the Sidelines and Guardian Angel Programs. We do this by pairing the afflicted child and their siblings with local high school and college sports teams, campus clubs, and arts programs in their community."