WATCH: One-legged little leaguer realizes major league dream
11-year-old Peter Zucca says his dream is to be a major league pitcher.
The little league pitcher is a triple threat player who can pitch, hit, and run the bases – all the more remarkable when you consider that just last year, Zucca lost his right leg to cancer.
“I’m really positive even though I have one leg, and I really like playing with my friends and baseball,” Zucca told KYW News in Harleysville, Pennsylvania, where he pitches for the local little league team.
With his cancer in remission for the second time, Zucca wrote an essay detailing his remarkable story and submitted it to the MLB’s “Breaking Barriers” contest.
Good thing, too – thanks to that essay, Zucca will be throwing out the first pitch at Citizens Bank Park next Wednesday before the Philadelphia Phillies game, in front of all his fourth grade classmates.
With the help of his parents, Zucca plans to start a foundation for other children with cancer called the Peter Powerhouse Foundation.
And while he’s still adjusting to his prosthetic leg, he and his parents know how important it is to treasure each day with their son.
“When he was diagnosed [with cancer] we were told he would never survive,” his mother Dawn Zucca said. “He was ten months old. Now he’s eleven.”
“Every day is a gift.”
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