Often, it is said that the toughest battles are given to the strongest warriors. After hearing the story of Eli Shenise, it’s hard to disagree.
Not long ago, we received an email from Eli’s father, Tim.
Six years ago, Eli was in a battle with Burkitt’s Lymphoma, a cancer that affects the lymphatic system. As a twelve year old boy, Eli had a dream of playing for his hometown ball club, the Charlotte Knights, the AAA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.
On August 31, 2014, his dream came true.
On that Sunday afternoon, Eli arrived at Truist Field (formerly known as BB&T Ballpark), in style, in a limousine. As he headed toward the press conference room tosign his contract with the Knights. He then reported to his locker and got ready for the game. After taking some warmup grounders, he took the field with the Knights.
What a glorious moment, taking the field with your hometown team in front of a hometown crowd.
But this wasn’t the last time Eli was going to take the field at the Charlotte ballpark.
Fast forward to nearly six years later. Eli, now a senior in high school, laced up the spikes and took the field in the 2020 Charlotte Area High School Senior All-Star Classic at Truist Field. Not only has he conquered his battle with Burkitt’s Lymphoma, he is also signed to play college ball at Erskine College in South Carolina.
At LV Lumber it is our mission to play our part in the fight against pediatric cancer, which affects so many brave young warriors and their families.
We want to thank Eli for showing us what it means to fight and reminding us that dreams do come true! Eli is truly an inspiration to all of us and really helps highlight how baseball is truly bigger than a game.
All of us here at LV Lumber wishes Eli the best of luck at Erksine and beyond. We’re always going to be in your corner.