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Blue Jays make 'Dream Come True' for 10-year-old

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Blue Jays make 'Dream Come True' for 10-year-old

TORONTO -- Friday was a day to remember for Joey Palmer.

The 10-year-old Edmonton native and his family were on the field for the Blue Jays' batting practice at Rogers Centre prior to the game against the Angels as a part of the Rainbow Society of Alberta's "A Dream Come True" program.

Joey lives with Mitochondrial Disease, an illness that brings him chronic pain and weakness in his legs. Joey also has autism, and only a few weeks ago became the proud owner of an Autism Service Dog, Fritz.

As a gift to Joey and his family, the Rainbow Society and the Blue Jays arranged to have the family flown in for Friday's game. Joey was on the field for BP and had the opportunity to get autographs and pose for pictures with members of the Blue Jays.

But unbeknownst to him, the Blue Jays had another surprise in store: he'll be throwing out the opening pitch for Saturday's afternoon game vs. the Angels.

"It is amazing. The look on his face says it all," said Joey's father, Ron, who made the trip with Joey's mom, Stacy, and sister, Meghan. His grandfather was also on hand. "The Blue Jays have far exceeded our expectations. We are very grateful."

Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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