Boy with Cystic Fibrosis enjoys first Reds game thanks to charities

3-year-old Colton Kiger gets red-carpet treatment
Posted at 9:56 PM, Aug 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-12 22:27:02-04

CINCINNATI – Colton Kiger loves baseball, so the 3-year-old got the thrill of a lifetime when he romped around Great American Ball Park Sunday and played toss with his dad on the lush green field. 

With a Reds cap on his head, a ball in his hand and a smile on his face, you would have thought it was his own field of dreams.

In fact, it was Colton’s first major league game, and he got the red-carpet treatment thanks to the club and two baseball-related charities.

"He's so excited. He loves baseball," said his mother, Miranda Kiger. "He plays. We go and watch. He loves being there."

Colton has Cystic Fibrosis, and he’s been through a lot – including five surgeries.

“We deal with that daily," his mother said.

But you wouldn’t know that from watching the joy in his face at meeting an umpire, sitting in the dugout, going out on the field, and getting some Reds swag – including game tickets.

Colton’s special day was arranged through two charities, UMPS CARE and the Casey Cares Foundation

"The excitement in his eyes was wonderful to see, especially for someone who has been through so many difficulties in his life,” said Greg Erdman of Casey Cares.

FIND out more about UMPS CARE and Casey Cares.