Livingston Teenager to Throw First Pitch at Mets vs. Nationals Game Thursday

Danielle Sass and her family Credits: enCourage Kids Foundation

QUEENS, NY - In honor of the 15th annual enCourage Kids Night at Citi Field, which supports the organization’s kids, families and hospital partners, Livingston resident Danielle Sass will throw the first pitch for the New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals game at Citi Field on June 15.

Last year, more than 800 people, including 380 enCourage Kids and their families, enjoyed the event, which included a barbecue in the Bullpen Gate, face painters, clowns and a special visit by Mr. Met—all while raising $100,000 for the organization's programs.

Sass, 17, has experienced frequent seizures since an early age, leading to 17 surgeries and nearly 200 doctors’ visits throughout her life, according to the enCourage Kids website. The website, which describes her as "a princess with a giant heart," states that Sass’ life is now all about making other people smile and laugh.

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The enCourage Kids Foundation encourages all kids facing health challenges to be carefree by creating environments and experiences to help them lead their most awesome lives. With their needs in mind, the organization has developed unique, family-centered programs that use entertainment and technology to make hospital visits a little less frightening and have created exciting family outings that make everyday life a little more fun.

Their programs reach kids facing a variety of health issues—from those receiving chemo treatments in a clinic to those living with a chronic illness that may not be visible. enCourage Kids Foundation’s programming benefits more than 275,000 sick kids and their families each year.

To learn more, click HERE. 

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