Homerun Wish Goes Upper Deck with Alex Powers

MELBOURNE, Fla. (April 2019): Brookelynn Dolin has been playing softball since she was 5 years old. She also loves watching her hometown women’s softball team the USSSA Pride – especially her favorite player Alex Powers #11. Alex is a great inspiration to Brookelynn, and she hoped to meet her.

Brookelynn’s passion is playing softball, and she has to be extra careful having scleroderma and juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM). JDM is a rare and complex autoimmune disease that primarily affects the muscles and skin, causing inflammation and in some cases tissue damage. While she has to take extra precautions when playing softball, Brookelynn doesn’t let her conditions get in the way of what she loves.

Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes to kids with life-threatening illnesses, The Upper Deck Sports Facility and Alex Powers teamed up to make her dream come true. Brookelynn had a private one-on-one practice session at The Upper Deck Sports Facility in her hometown with Alex Powers and the facility’s owner Jason Stidham. She learned different softball techniques like slap hitting the ball and different forms of footwork. In addition to training for over an hour, Alex Powers gave Brookelynn a jersey with her number on it, jacket, hat, and season passes to all the home games for the upcoming USSSA season. Jason also gave Brookelynn a year’s worth of batting cage passes, a shirt, visor, and softball. Brookelynn came with gifts as well, giving Alex and Jason special jerseys from Kids Wish Network that had “Wish Granter” on the back.

“Everything was awesome. Brookelynn felt very comfortable around Jason and Alex, like they were old friends,” said her mom Ashley.

Alex Powers further inspired Brookelynn, telling her to “stay passionate about your dreams and never give up.” Brookelynn had an amazing time on her wish and can’t wait to see her favorite player knock it out of the park in her upcoming games.

“Brookelynn’s positivity is very inspiring, and we’re so happy we could further motivate her with such wonderful people and a meaningful experience,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Tam Lai.

Kids Wish Network is a national charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children with life-threatening conditions and struggling with life-altering situations. KWN provides trip expenses, meals, accommodations and additional spending monies to all wish families whenever traveling as applicable. Visit www.kidswishnetwork.org to learn about our different programs, and find out how you can help make dreams come true and sponsor a wish for a deserving child.

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We extend special thanks to the celebrities that make this Wish come true!

Alex Powers

Alex enters her second season with the USSSA Pride. Powers was picked 5th in the second round (10th overall) in the 2017 NPF College Draft out of Florida State by the USSSA Pride.

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    Brookelynn’s wish has been an amazing experience. It came at a time in Brookelynn’s life that she need just a little push. It was something so special for her made just for her. The process for Brookelynn’s wish was pretty easy, by the time they contacted us to let us know she was approved for a wish it went by so fast. Brookelynn had her phone interview to see what she was interested in and not too much longer after that she got her wish. I would say start to finish less than 5 months I believe. Brookelynn truly felt like a star, she got to swing her bat with a major league softball player and ex baseball player. All the attention was on her and she loved every minute of it. Plus, not only was it a day with them she got season tickets to her favorite softball team and batting cage sessions. Her wish will last the year which has made it even more special than just a one-day thing. Our whole family got to enjoy watching her as she was so happy.

    What is your favorite memory of Brookelynn’s wish being granted? My favorite memory is just watching her smile. Not an everyday pretend smile just a simple I’m happy smile!

    Was there anyone who went particularly above and beyond for Brookelynn during the wish? Having Alex powers there and say that she is inspired by Brookelynn’s perseverance was a big win! For Brookelynn to know that she is inspiring people is what keeps her going!

    How has the wish affected Brookelynn and her outlook on life after having their dream come true? Brookelynn has been sick for over 5 years, she is at a point in her life where it’s just meds and life but giving her something to make her day and keep moving up in the future is a win all around. I think she will continue to push forward and inspire more people!

    I’m so happy that Brookelynn got this wish, I know we all are so happy for her.