11-year-old battling cancer delivers first pitch at NP First Nationals game

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Grady Simants is an 11-year-old North Platte resident battling brain cancer. According to his father Bill, he is a big baseball fan, and he was given the opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the North Platte First National Juniors game Saturday evening.

Grady Simants prepares to deliver the ceremonial first pitch at the North Platte First National Juniors game (Credit: Patrick Johnstone/KNOP-TV)

"We're a baseball family, we just got invited to come out and we thought it'd be something fun for Grady to do, something to let him know that he's still just a kid, just one of the kids. Of course Grady, he loves to be on the ball field and he wanted to come out," Bill Simants said.

Grady threw the first pitch to North Platte catcher Bryce Butterfield in front of the crowd at Bill Wood Field, who responded with cheers and applause.

"One of the great things that we've taken through our journey, he's only seen how great people can be to each other, and stuff like this it re-instills that, re-instills our faith in that people are inherently are good," Bill said.

"Any day on the ball field is good day," Bill said.