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Lubbock Little Leaguer receives surprise of a lifetime

Samuel Vasquez Samuel Vasquez

Samuel Vasquez always wears a smile and would probably wear his New York Yankees Little League jersey every day if he could.

Samuel has Scoliosis and lost his hearing when he was one, but when he's on the baseball field, the joy seen in his face makes you forget everything he has been through and the difficult journey he has ahead of him.

His biggest wish is to spend a day at Yankee Stadium, watching his favorite player play his favorite game - and thanks to the Make-A-Wish-Foundation, that is exactly where Vasquez will be later this week.

"He loves baseball, that's his one main thing. He will come home from a surgery and he wants to be out there the next day," said Stephanie Martinez, Vasquez's mother.

Vasquez, now 10 years old, was a preemie born with an abnormal opening in his diaphragm, something that had to be repaired when he was just four days old.

Martinez said he spent the first two months of his life in the NICU, and just months later, started to develop Scoliosis and eventually lost his hearing.

"He asks why he is different. He takes his shirt off and he asks why his back is different than his brother's. We just tell him he's stronger than him, and he laughs," Martinez said.

Vasquez has an admirable endurance and a contagious laugh.

"He has just been a miracle from day one. He amazes everybody. He is strong; he's been through so much. I think that makes him the strongest, to have so much pain and think oh I can get through this," Martinez said.

Vasquez is constantly challenging himself in his recovery, on the baseball field, and in the classroom.

"He loves baseball. He is a competitor on the baseball field. He's the same way in the classroom; he's competitive, doesn't like to lose, doesn't quit. And he is a little guy with lots of personality in that little body," said Michael Lopez, Vasquez's teacher.

Vasquez just found out he will be leaving for New York to see his favorite player, Derek Jeter, take the field at Yankee Stadium. The surprise had him grinning from ear to ear. 

"He loves the Yankees. He's played with the Yankees for two years in regular season, so when they asked him what they wanted, he drew out the whole ballpark, he drew out the scoreboard, he named the player he wanted," Martinez said.

The dream that little boy drew out on paper is about to become a reality

"I think I'm going to sit back there so I can catch a home run ball," Vasquez signed to KCBD as he looked at a picture of the Yankee stadium. 

Vasquez and his family will head to New York bright and early Thursday morning where they will not only attend the game, but get to do a little sightseeing as well. 

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