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Friday, March 01, 2019

Field of Genes: Rich Hill’s personal connection to Rare Disease Day

GLENDALE, Ariz. — When your own little boy couldn’t be saved, when the science and prayers and tears couldn’t be enough, then what you do is start over with the other little boys and girls who could be saved, who have a chance.

Brooks Hill died five years ago this week. He was two months old. And so what you do, if you have the strength, is put candles on a birthday cake and sing to him every Dec. 26, and warm yourself by the days you did have with him, and include him in everything you are. Everything your family is. His father, Rich. His mother, Caitlin. His brother, Brice. Their son and brother and inspiration, Brooks.

They, together, are the “we” Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill talks about, and he smiles over it still, and cries over it plenty. This is what Brooks brings to Rich every single day, that and what a heartless disease took from him, his would be 5-year-old boy who was beautiful and so perfect and hardly had a chance.

 

QLE Posted: March 01, 2019 at 06:15 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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