Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Bella Arcand throws the first pitch at Rogers Centre

                     Eleven-year-old Bella Arcand-Lafond.  Photo courtesy Bev Lafond
 By Bryan Eneas
    Tuesday night at Rogers Center in Toronto, an 11-year-old girl from Muskeg Cree Nation threw the ceremonial first pitch before the lue Jays took the field against the Tampa Bay Rays.
   “I’m very excited, all of my cousins are excited!” Bella Arcand-Lafond said before the game
Arcand-Lafond was forced to give up T-ball, one of her passions, in order to receive a major operation. She suffers from a rare brain disease, which at one point caused her to have as many as 60 seizures a day.
   Family members from as far away as Victoria were be at the game, according to Bella’s mother Bev Lafond.
   “We’re lucky, we had about 25 family members make the trek down here just to watch,” Lafond said.
“It’s an exciting opportunity for us. Bella is quite excited, and she’s been practicing. I think she’s ready for tonight’s first pitch,” Lafond said ahead of time.
   Your browser does not support ifLafond submitted her daughter’s name to a joint venture between Dairy Queen, and the Children’s Miracle Network in May. Arcand-Lafond was selected to represent Saskatchewan in a final round of selections. In July, she was chosen amongst all of the candidates to throw out the first pitch.

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