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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

DMR: Mother of Johnston Little League player dies from cancer

Very sad news out of Iowa…

Jen Garcia first made headlines during the August series when her on-camera interview with ESPN’s Jaymee Sire was interrupted as her son, JT, hit a home run. She and some other parents traveled to South Williamsport, Penn., to watch the boys on Johnston’s Midwest champion Little League team play.

Sire was mid-sentence, asking a question about the bracelets the boys wear in Garcia’s honor, when JT’s metal bat connected with the ball — ping! The ball sailed over the center field fence, giving Johnston a 4-1 lead over the West champions from California. They would go on to win 5-1.

The interview came to an immediate stop as Garcia and the Johnston faithful celebrated.

“Wow, to be caught on camera. That was amazing,” she said.

Before the celebratory moment, the pair had been discussing how her son’s teammates have bonded and supported the family during her illness.

“It was very important for me to make the trip and be able to watch the entire team play,” Garcia said. “They have really come together and become a family.”

The Little League organization offered their sympathy Tuesday afternoon, just after hearing news of Garcia’s passing.

May her memory be for a blessing.



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