Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Ryan White to help Phillies launch post-season run

9-year-old Lower Makefield boy who was critically hurt after Phillies game in San Francisco will help with the ceremonial first pitch Saturday.

Ryan White to help Phillies launch post-season run

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Ryan White returns home after 37 days in hospitals in San Francisco and Philadelphia. (Bill Reed / Staff)
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Ryan White, the 9-year-old Phillies fan who was critically hurt by a hit-and-run driver after a game in San Francisco, will help with the ceremonial first pitch for the team’s opening playoff game on Saturday.

Ryan and his brother, Kevin, 12, will take the ball to the pitcher’s mound at Citizens Bank Park for former Phillies infielder Dave Cash to throw out the first pitch, Roseanne White said Friday. She and her husband also will be at the game, which is scheduled to start about 5 p.m.

On Aug. 4, Ryan was hit by a car near AT&T Park after watching the Phillies shut out the San Francisco Giants. He suffered a traumatic brain injury, a laceration to his liver, and a broken pelvis, left leg and ankle.

During Ryan’s first weekend in the hospital, Phillies centerfielder Shane Victorino, manager Charlie Manuel and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. visited and brought him autographed team gear.

After 37 days of hospital treatment, Ryan returned home, where he is being taught by a tutor provided by the Pennsbury School District, his mother said. He also is Skyping with his fourth-grade class at Edgewood Elementary School.

“He’s doing very well,” his mother said. “He has three [physical and occupational] therapy sessions a week and faces a surgery in November for his internal injury.”

White said she did not know how much money has been contributed to the Ryan White Trust, which has been set up to help cover medical costs.

“The bills are just starting to roll in for the expenses not covered by insurance,” she said.

Contributions can be made out to the trust and mailed to: Ryan White, P.O. Box 562, Langhorne, Pa. 19047.

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Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at cpalmer@phillynews.com, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, FactCheck.org and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at bfinley@phillynews.com, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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