Reds players grant wish for terminal cancer patient

Utah man's dying wish at GABP (VIDEO)
Ryan Tomac with Todd Frazier (Source: Ben Katko, FOX19 NOW)
Ryan Tomac with Todd Frazier (Source: Ben Katko, FOX19 NOW)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Despite a loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday night, it was just another night at the ball park for the Reds. But, for 20-year old Ryan Tomac, it was a night that meant much more than that.

"This is the top of my bucket list. I want to come watch my favorite team play in their home stadium and enjoy some baseball," said Ryan Tomac, a longtime Reds fan.

Coming to Great American Ball Park is a bucket list item for Tomac because he has a cancer diagnosis that is very grim.  Tomac was diagnosed with chondroblastic osteosarcoma, a cancer that attacks cartilage and bones, he says.

"All of the cancer they did get out of my body decided to come back. It's spread to my lungs and is working its way to my heart," Tomac said.

A few weeks ago, he found out his case is terminal and will likely take his life.

"I'm a God believer and I can see why God probably wants him.  He's an amazing kid," said Matt Tomac, Ryan's father.

Ryan's dad said that his son told his doctors he didn't want a timeline.

But, what he did want is to see his favorite ball club.

Ryan is a Reds fan, but he's not from Cincinnati.  He's never seen the Reds play in person.  He lives nearly 2,000 miles away in Tooele, Utah.  He and his family packed up and drove for three days to make it all happen.

"I haven't seen him smile this much since two weeks ago when they told him everything was back," said Ryan's dad.

That smile was hard to miss in photos taken with nearly every single Reds player behind the scenes at the ball park on Tuesday. His favorite player, Brandon Phillips, perhaps brought out the biggest smile.

"A lot of my family's out here just sharing it with us, and that's kind of the biggest part - is spending time with my family," Ryan said.

He says his love of the Reds started as a kid when he was given a Reds hat. Ryan now has his own baseball signed by the team, a bat given to him from Joey Votto and an autographed Reds jersey with his last name sewn to the back to along with it, serving as reminders of a day he'll never forget.

"It's an experience.  It's a dream," Ryan said.

Ryan's father said he planned to take his son to a game when the Reds were on a west coast trip a few weeks ago.  He said that Ryan was adamant that he wanted to see his favorite team on their home field.

Before his diagnosis, Ryan was working to become a firefighter, he said.  He also met some Cincinnati firefighters during the day on Tuesday.  Before he left Utah for Cincinnati, his local firefighters made him an honorary firefighter.

"It's something very special to me," Ryan said,

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