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Young Lexington Baseball Player Honored At Reds Game

It was the thrill of a lifetime Sunday for a Lexington boy, as he got to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Reds game in Cincinnati.

8-year-old Adam Bender is different than most young baseball players, as he lost his leg to cancer several years ago.

But that hasn't stopped him from playing baseball.

"It's been a tag-along thing with his brother," Adam's father, Chris Bender said. "We just give him a bat or ball and let him figure out what works."

On Sunday, Adam was playing baseball at a place most 8-year-olds can only dream about: Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds.

He got to hang out with the team before the game. But the big moment came when Adam was introduced to the crowd, as he stepped onto the pitcher's mound to throw out the game's ceremonial first pitch to his favorite player, Adam Dunn.

Adam's inspirational story has gone worldwide. Media outlets across the country have followed his story.

Cal State Fullerton even put Adam's pictures in their dugout during the NCAA baseball tournament.

"Not once has he asked us why he didn't have a leg," Michelle Bender, Adam's mother said. "We had to tell him about it. That's just the way he is."

Adam says he doesn't like all of the attention he's getting. He seems himself as just another 8-year-old boy, and honestly wishes everyone else would treat him that way.

"He wants no special attention, but we know his story can be a hope and inspiration to others," Michelle Bender said.


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