Hostetler helping young cancer patient through baseball

Nick Hostetler has seen the pain cancer can cause up close and personally.

He has three children with his wife, Nicole, having adopted their two girls, Kayla and Lacey, from her first marriage. Those girls lost their father to cancer.

Now the White Sox assistant director of amateur scouting is trying to take away the pain of this horrible illness from another young patient, four-year-old Carson Tate, even if only for one day.

Hostetler has helped organize a baseball camp this Saturday at Norwayne High School in Creston, Ohio, with ages 7-to-12 going from 9 a.m. to noon and ages 13-to-18 getting in action from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is a $25 donation to go to help Tate battle Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

It’s uncertain if Tate will be able to make it to the camp. But members of his family are expected to attend the event that already has drawn a pretty strong response.

Tate’s mom and aunt went to high school with Hostetler, who resides in Sterling, Ohio. Hostetler’s parents, Andy and Kim, are best friends with Carson’s grandparents.

“When my dad called me and told me about this, us being close to the family, we came up with an idea to try to do something,” Hostetler said. “It’s bad any time a family deals with something like that. On top of it, he’s a four year old kid.

“That’s not fair. A kid shouldn’t have to deal with something like that. And watching my two girls live a portion of their life without their dad, who passed away with cancer, to say that didn’t strike a chord would be a lie.

“I look at them each day and what they have to suffer through,” Hostetler said. “Then I think about a kid their age is going through it. It’s hard to imagine.”

A number of local people are sponsoring with food and different items, and Hostetler has been arranging through donations for each camper to take home a piece of baseball memorabilia: whether it’s a hat, card or picture.

“Our main focus is Carson and raising as much money to help their family,” Hostetler said. “But it’s cool for a kid to take home something from camp.

“Hopefully the kids at camp realize how blessed and lucky they are, how they are healthy and strong and able to participate. I hope they can take that away as well.”

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