Veteran battling cancer gets to hang out with his favorite pro athletes

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Brad Solomon

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DENVER — Brad Solomon is an Iraq War veteran who was dealt a tough hand when he was diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma in March. He had to drop out of school, couldn’t work and the bills started piling up. So Solomon had to sell his beloved collection of baseball cards.

The Problem Solvers heard about Solomon’s story and wanted to help. After our original story, FOX 31 helped Solomon with gift cards for gas and groceries, viewers helped triple his GoFundMe account, and his favorite team, the Colorado Rockies, also pitched in.

Solomon, his fiancee and a couple friends were invited to attend a Rockies game, along with field passes to batting practice where he would meet some of the players.

It’s been a tough seven months for Solomon and his family, but his friends say he never lost his spirit or his passion for baseball. So you can imagine what a treat it was for him to visit Coors Field on Monday night and hang out with his lifelong favorite team.

Solomon has been a Rockies fan for as long as the team existed, and he had no problem naming every player he saw during batting practice.

Thanks to the Problem Solvers and the Rockies, Solomon got to meet some of his favorite players. He even asked Rockies first baseman Ben Paulsen, “What happened with the beard by the way? I have to ask you that.”

After seven months of blood transfusions and chemotherapy, Solomon continues to battle and improve every day.

“In a couple weeks I get my PET scan,” he said. “Hopefully, the cancer is gone.”

Solomon has big plans for the future.

“I want to inspire others, help others and let them know that no matter how tough it gets there’s always grass on the other side,” he said.

His fight isn’t over, but he wanted to thank everyone who saw his story and gave him strength.

“We couldn’t have done it without this great community. We couldn’t have done it without you guys or without the support of my family. It’s just incredible,” he said.

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