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Bone marrow match for boy who delivered virtual first pitch

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

He blew up the internet when he made history at a Major League game, and now a metro teen got even better news Thursday.

Viewers first met 13-year-old Nick LeGrande as he made Major League Baseball history by throwing out the first virtual pitch at a June Oakland A's-New York Yankees game.

"It was pretty loud, but it was still pretty cool. I felt like I was there," he said.

Months later, Nick proudly displays the mementos from that night, added to his already impressive baseball collection.

While that was one of the best moments of his life, Nick said a recent call from his doctors ranks a close second.

"It let off a lot of stress. I know there's people out there that will never get a match," he said.

For the last nine months, Nick has been battling aplastic anemia, a potentially deadly blood disorder. It zaps him of his energy, making it impossible for him to play the game he loves so much.

Nick has to undergo weekly blood transfusions just to stay alive, but recently he learned doctors found a perfect match for a bone marrow transplant.

"My first thought was, ‘Wow, people do walk around with wings,'" said Mike LeGrande, Nick's father.

Nick's parents are convinced a higher power is watching over their son. Finding a good match is hard enough, but this donor lives in Europe of all places, meaning a complete stranger is willing to give the gift of life.

"He'll always be Nick's blood brother and our family. What do you say to somebody that is willing to save someone you love so much and give them another chance? What do you say?" Mike LeGrande said.

Nick still has a long road of tests and procedures before he's ready for the transplant, but he's not worried about all that – he has bigger plans on his mind. He said the first thing he's going to do when the doctors clear him and he's back to full health is baseball.

Go to match.org to join the donor registry to help kids like Nick.

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