COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. — Something special happened at the Whitecaps' Annual Breast Cancer Awareness night on Thursday.
A family from Joliet, Illinois was in the stands. They were captivated by the pink jerseys; and in particular, the jersey that first basemen Will Maddox wore-- #11.
"[My son Nick] said 'Mom, that's Madison's number and Madison's color,'" explained Tina Frost.
Frost said her daughter Madison, 8, passed away after a tragic car accident two and a half years ago. She loved the color pink, and loved watching her big brother Nick play baseball. Nick wears the #11, and incorporates the color pink in his games, in honor of his sister.
When he learned the pink jerseys the team had donned for the game were set to be auctioned off, he really wanted Maddox's number 11.
Frost wanted to get the jersey for her son, but didn't have enough to afford it. Still, she bid $175 dollars, willing to have the family spend the night in their truck to secure the jersey.
That's when a complete stranger stepped in to save the day. Jennifer Kuczynski overheard the family's story and decided to buy the jersey for them.
"It just felt like the right thing to do," said Kuczynski. "I totally believe in karma, doing good things and paying it forward."
With a winning bid of $410 dollars, the jersey went to the Frosts at the end of the game. Maddox even signed it, hugging the family after hearing their story.
"I've never had more of a happy moment," Nick told FOX 17 News.
Nick plans to eventually put the jersey in a trophy case and hang it in his room.
This week marked the family's first trip to Michigan. They were in town for a baseball tournament that Nick is playing in. Coincidentally, Thursday was the first time Kuczynski attended a Whitecaps game.