9-Year-Old Luka Receives VIP Treatment at Miller Park
As part of FOX Sports Wisconsin’s “Art of Hitting” telecast Tuesday, they taped a segment with 9-year-old Luka Braovac, who got a hitting lesson from Brewers Coach and former Major Leaguer Jason Lane.
Luka has brain cancer. He was diagnosed at age 7 and has endured numerous treatments over the last two years. His condition is improving. He watches Brewers games regularly and his favorite players are Jonathan Villar and Scooter Gennett.
Those two surprised Luka during the lesson and had some fun with him before BP yesterday. Manager Craig Counsell even invited Luka to sit in during his pre-game media session. The family then watched BP, went to TGI Friday’s for dinner, and made a booth visit during the game. Jonathan Villar promised Luka a win and delivered, notching his 50th stolen base on the season in the process.
Luka was joined by his two sisters and his parents, Bob and Carol Ann. They are connected to the G9 Project. G9 stands for “Gold in September” for Childhood Cancer, a Wisconsin based foundation to help raise awareness, funding for childhood cancer research, and support for families who have children diagnosed with cancer.
The Milwaukee Brewers, in conjunction with Gold In September (G9), will host the “#growGOLD Game” at Miller Park on Labor Day, Monday, September 5. The event will feature numerous initiatives to raise awareness for research into childhood cancer.
Utilizing a noble model of turning the world gold, G9’s mission is to increasing funding for childhood cancer research and initiatives by growing awareness that inspire action to help every child, everywhere, until cures for cancer are found. The childhood cancer non-profit was founded by Annie Bartosz, a then 11-year old girl from Hartland, Wis., who lost her twin brother, Jack, to cancer in 2012. Gold (G) is the national color for pediatric cancer research, and September (the 9th month) is the recognized National Childhood Cancer Awareness month, together they make G9.
For this game, the Brewers and their opponent, the Chicago Cubs, will sport gold ribbons on their jerseys to promote the cause. In addition, players will be encouraged to wear gold wristbands as part of their uniforms.
Prior to the game, members of G9 will start things off with a ceremonial first pitch and Brewers Community Foundation will present the charity with a special donation in an on-field ceremony. Following the game and throughout the night, the Brewers will light Miller Park gold to call attention for those passing by.
“We are committed to spreading the message of G9’s #growGOLD initiative,” said Brewers Community Foundation Excusive Director Cecelia Gore. “One of our ownership pledges is to be a leader in the community, and we appreciate the opportunity to help support and raise awareness around critical issues that face children and their families.”
“We are proud to have the Milwaukee Brewers and the Brewers Community Foundation join us as we Grow Gold and raise awareness of the need to support efforts to eradicate childhood cancer as a major health concern. Through our partnership with national organizations like the Brewers, we are working to help every child everywhere survive cancer and have a future filled with hope and promise.” says Sarah Bartosz, President of G9.