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Josiah Viera’s love of baseball and love of life continues to inspire | E:60

Josiah Viera’s love of baseball and love of life continues to inspire | E:60



In 2010, E:60 met 6-year-old Josiah Viera, who was battling Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome, a rare genetic disease that causes accelerated aging in children. Josiah never let the disease define who he was nor did he let it prevent him from playing baseball, his favorite sport. At first, Josiah was the star of Little League, where up to 1,000 people from the community gathered to cheer him on. But when playing became too much, he found another way to be part of the game he loves as an honorary bench coach for the State College Spikes, the A-level club in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. On December 24, 2018, Josiah died at the age of 14.

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30 thoughts on “Josiah Viera’s love of baseball and love of life continues to inspire | E:60

  1. Hi guys.. To all local Spikes fans from Central PA- I'm an usher for Spikes baseball . Joe Putnam, communications director for the club, said we'll have several celebrations and commemorations of Josiah's life throughout the 2019 summer season. I won't detail exactly what the club plans to do to honor him, but it's going to be very very special. I don't want to speak on behalf of the club or club officials. But we, as a staff, plan to honor his life throughout the summer! Ok Bellefeutians ( I'm a Bellefontian now), residents of the borough (SC) itself, and all fellow Central PA residents- let's have a great 2019 Spikes campaign. And, honor Josiah's memory as best we can by being outstanding fans. Loving baseball and life! Thank you- Ken Lopez, Spikes usher

  2. Boy, that kid i would treat him like a god with the amount of love for life and baseball is the thing thats most touching. And the fact that he knows his conditions he is the person that perseveres and he stays 💪

  3. Why him, just like why him he is the kid that loves the game for the game doesn’t matter win or lose he always does his best and just why him don’t find very many kids that love the game as much as he does R.I.P buddy these are the best videos I’ve ever watched

  4. If he didnt have that or any condition like that, he would have been the best baseball player ever. May you Rest In Peace. Everyone reading this, be thankful for what life has to offer. Make everyday like its your last because you never when it will be it. Be grateful.

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