As an infant, Bailey suffered frequently from bouts of pneumonia. At 16 weeks old, he was tested for and diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. This condition clogs the lungs with mucus and can lead to life-threatening lung infections and also disrupts digestion. Bailey frequently suffers from lung infections and is treated with a percussion vest and daily medications. He was recently diagnosed with pseudomonas infection and is having a hard time fighting the bacteria even with monthly treatments.
For his wish, Bailey was taken to Yankee Stadium in a limousine and was given a personal tour of the stadium before being taken down onto the field to meet the team during warm-ups. Bailey warmed right up to the friendly players and loved talking all things baseball with them. Bailey was invited into the dugout and spent a long time chatting with second baseman Robinson Canó and center fielder Brett Gardner.
“They were just amazing,” said Bailey’s mother, Dionne. “They talked to him about switch hitting and they really made a positive impact on him by inspiring him to fulfill his dream of being a Yankees player, even with his illness.”
The Yankees gave Bailey two signed baseballs and a bunch of Yankees gear; he could not stop smiling. It was the perfect ending to his wish when he watched the Yankees take the field for the big game and conquer the Arizona Diamondbacks. Since his return home, Bailey talks of nothing but his meeting with the Yankees.
“Kids Wish Network made my child so immensely happy,” said Dionne. “I had tears in my eyes to see him so happy in the dugout. I can’t thank you enough for all that you’ve given him. He’ll never forget it.”