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Easton Takes a Swing at Cancer

Michael "Mikey" Friedman was trying out for Joel Barlow High School's baseball team when he was first diagnosed with cancer.

"He was always a fan of baseball and loved going to Met games," said Les Friedman, Mikey's father. "I can't tell you how many games he sat through for his brothers."

Mikey started the Mikey's Way Foundation in 2005. Six years later, Joel Barlow High School juniors and the Bridgeport Bluefish will take a swing at cancer with a fundraising event June 11.

The Bridgeport Bluefish take on the Long Island Ducks at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport at 7 p.m. June 11. For every ticket sold for the event, $5 will be donated to Mikey's Way Foundation. Visit the Mikey's Way website to purchase a ticket.

About 140 tickets have been sold thus far and about 100 tickets remain. Of all money donated to the Mikey's Way Foundation, 92 percent goes toward buying electronic items for kids in hospitals.

Mikey, who died in 2008, went through cancer treatment for nearly two years and, during that time, he realized that physical health is greatly affected by mental health.

Through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Mikey purchased handheld games, television equipment and other entertainment for kids stuck in hospitals.

How has Mikey's Way been beneficial to you? Send your story to shenry@mainstreetconnect.us .

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