HONOLULU (KHON2) – Memorial Day weekend is the beginning of summer sports across the country.
With parents back in the stands and without a mandate for outdoor masks, parks across the state of Hawaii were full, but none as full of aloha as Aina Hina.
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18 baseball matches were held from Saturday to Monday, all to support a teammate who is fighting a brain tumor.
“It’s bigger than baseball” has been the motto all weekend, but baseball was big enough to lift the mood of 12-year-old Brayden Bello.
Brayden loves baseball. One day he will play in the Major League, but for now he just likes to be around his teammates.
“Just playing with my friends. That’s what I like, ”said Brayden.
But in January, he felt different during training – not good, with nausea and even vomiting.
“Started to get dizzy,” Brayden added. “Much more dizziness and headaches.”
He had to stop playing.
So, two weeks ago, finally feeling good enough to play, he and his family were beaten with devastating news.
“He had an MRI that showed he had a 1.3 centimeter tumor,” said Brayden’s mother Carolyn. “So that’s where we are right now.”
Brayden’s baseball community got the right to work and created a goodwill series of games this weekend with six games per day. Shirts, a raffle, a silent auction, and a GoFundMe with the proceeds going all to the Bello family to help with medical expenses.
Brayden was the star of the weekend.
“When he could not do anything,” said Brayden’s father, Richard. “We were like oh. We were depressed, but now we saw him pitch. He hit three innings Saturday. Yesterday he went up to beat 3-3. ”
Bello strong shirts and Brayden’s number 6 could be seen all over the fields.
“All we did, the team cheered, was Brayden Bello all week,” Richard said.
It has made Brayden feel a little more normal.
“I feel better with all the support, it keeps me going because I play with all my friends,” said Brayden.
If he’s well, it’s a big relief for Mom and Dad.
“You got everyone’s support throughout the baseball community: old coaches, friends, family,” Richard said. “We’re going through this.”