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Ailing Dade City boy enjoys all-star day with Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays are giving Nathan Maxwell, 5, of Dade City a special all-star game experience today at Tropicana Field. 

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The Tampa Bay Rays are giving Nathan Maxwell, 5, of Dade City a special all-star game experience today at Tropicana Field. 

Nathan Maxwell's dream will come true today when he visits the Tampa Bay Rays, courtesy of the Children's Dream Fund.

Nathan, 5, has a brain tumor and is being treated at All Children Hospital in St. Petersburg. The condition was diagnosed in August 2009.

But today, the Dade City boy and his mother, Stefanie Hemming, grandparents, Kelly and Gary Calhoun, and brother, Caleb Maxwell, 4, will be ferried by limousine to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, where they will be greeted by Rays staff.

Nathan will be presented with a personalized jersey and custom trophy, then get a private batting practice with his favorite player, Matt Garza.

He'll also get to walk onto the field through the dugout to meet players and coaches before taking the mound to throw out the first pitch for the Rays-Kansas City Royals game at 6:10 p.m.

The Children's Dream Fund is a nonprofit organization with headquarters in St. Petersburg. It has been fulfilling dreams for children with life-threatening illnesses on the West Coast of Florida since 1981.

To learn more, call (727) 896-6390 or visit www.childrens dreamfund.org.

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