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Reds fan dies days after fulfilling final wish at GABP

Ryan and his favorite player Brandon Phillips. (Provided photo) Ryan and his favorite player Brandon Phillips. (Provided photo)
CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

A Utah man passed away days after the Cincinnati Reds helped to grant his bucket-list wish of seeing the team play at Great American Ballpark.

Ryan Tomac, 20, died Saturday, according to the Reds’ Twitter.

Tomac, a longtime Reds fan, had chondroblastic osteosarcoma – a rare form of cancer that attacks cartilage and bones. 

Tomac put a trip to Great American Ballpark atop his bucket list after finding out the terminal diagnosis. He said his love of the Reds started as a kid when he was given a Reds hat. With his health in decline, the Tooele, Utah community helped to raise money and send him to Cincinnati. 

Last week, Tomac and his family drove for three days to see the Reds take on the Dodgers.

The team met with Tomac and took photos. His favorite player, Brandon Phillips, brought out the biggest smile. Ryan left the ballpark with 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.

Before his diagnosis, Ryan was working to become a firefighter and met some Cincinnati firefighters during his trip.  Before he left Utah for Cincinnati, his local firefighters made him an honorary firefighter.

[Slideshow: Ryan Tomac meets the Reds]

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