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“Often times for these families, it’s their first chance in a long time to forget about being sick and to just go back and be kids and family together,” Allvin said. “It provides them a really important break. A lot of them really feel like it’s a turning point in their fight to regain their health.”

Selman walked off the plane at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and was greeted by dozens of people, holding up a large banner and joyously shouting a welcome. The right-hander pitcher and devout Chicago Cubs fan, has Long QT syndrome (LQTS), as does his sister.

“It’s an electrical short of the heart. It causes sudden death,” said his mother, Aleyce.

He was diagnosed in the fourth grade. His father, Phil, is also his baseball coach. Both parents are proficient in using a defibrillator, just in case.

“My favorite thing in life is basically this. I just like playing. I love meeting players and I love baseball,” Scott said. “I wasn’t allowed to play for a year or two. I can’t always _ if it’s really hot out, I can’t do as much as I usually want to do. I have to sit out a couple more innings than most of the other people on my team.”

Contreras, a fan of the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers, plays high school baseball and football even though bone cancer caused his left leg to be amputated below the knee.

Avalos is fighting muscular dystrophy, McMasters is battling brain cancer and Anderson is combating leukemia.

In a ballpark filled with thousands of happy fans at Tuesday night’s game, these six may be the happiest.

“We can’t control what we do on the field, but we can certainly control what we do off the field,” Hall told them. “I’m so proud of those of you that are battling and even beating. I’m glad you’re here healthy, happy.”