Lyndsey Dworkin is a 12-year-old who has been battling brain cancer for over a year with 31 bouts of radiation and nine rounds of chemotherapy completed. She is finally well on her way to a full recovery. She recently walked a 5k in honor of her friend Taylon, who died of bone cancer at age 12.
12yo Lyndsey is a huge baseball fan, in particular a fan of the San Jose Giants. The team already knew her story and gave her a pink jersey about a year ago, when Lyndsey was attending Breast Cancer Awareness Night with her mom.
Roughly a year later, the San Jose Giants had invited her to throw the opening pitch, which she did with a nice fastball. She said, “A little bit to the right, but it was better than I thought it would be.” After she threw the ceremonial first pitch in her Brandon Belt t-shirt and was walking off the mound, Belt ran out of the dugout to say hello to the girl.


After a brief conversation with Lyndsey, Brandon Belt promised her, “I’m going to hit a home run for you.” Most people who heard what he said couldn’t believe it. The chief marketing officer of the San Jose Giants, Juliana Paoli, said, “I thought, ‘C’mon, Brandon. A home run? Maybe promise a single.'” Lyndsey’s mom Kristine Dworkin also heard the promise and later said, “I thought, ‘What a sweet thing to say. He seems like a nice guy.'”
But Brandon Belt is a boss and he was very serious about his promise to the young brain cancer survivor. Even though Belt is still on rehab for a broken thumb, it was his mission to knock one out of the park for Lyndsey. Bosses on a mission can’t be stopped. They can barely be contained!
In the first inning of the game, Belt blasted one out of Municipal Stadium over the right-field fence. He had kept his promise in true boss fashion. After the game, he hand-delivered the home run ball to 12yo Lyndsey. He had signed it with, “To Lyndsey, My Good luck charm. — Brandon Belt.”

We wish Lyndsey Dworkin all the best in her recovery from cancer. We also hope Brandon Belt’s thumb heals well and he’s able to continue being a boss on the baseball field. We’re certain he will continue to be a boss off the field as well!
When Lyndsey hopped out of bed the morning after all of this, she asked her mom, “Did that all really happen last night? Otherwise, I just had the craziest dream.” It wasn’t a dream, Lyndsey! It was real life.