KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Many Royals fans dream of meeting their baseball heroes.
One fanatic met her favorite Royal on Tuesday, and the occasion was uplifting, as she continues a long fight against cancer.
It was a quick encounter that meant everything to this baseball believer. On Tuesday, Royals Catcher Salvador Perez was preparing to meet the team's divisional rivals from Detroit at Kauffman Stadium. David and Teresa Thaman were near the Royals dugout, hoping to catch his eye.
“She said, ‘I am going to make a sign,’” David Thaman told FOX 4 News.
Teresa Thaman could be seen during the television broadcast of the game holding a day-glo yellow posterboard, which read, “I traveled to KC for cancer treatment, and to meet Salvy!”
The Thamans came up from the Joplin, Mo. area, mainly to continue Teresa's cancer treatments at the University of Kansas Hospital. She'd been in remission for 30 years, before having Hodgkin's Disease reappear two years ago.
Teresa said she hoped to get an autograph from Perez, her Kansas City idol. She didn’t realize she’d get even more. David and Teresa said Perez arranged for them to come onto the field, where he gave Teresa a comforting hug, as well as a signed baseball and a pair of game-worn batting gloves.
“We just kept thanking him for taking time to give me a hug and pictures,” Teresa Thaman said.
“The time he took before a game, you know, while preparing for a game, to take the time to visit with someone says a lot about his character,” David Thaman said.
“My life is complete now. It was my dream come true,” Teresa Thaman said.
Signs suggest she'll never forget that moment. Perez and the Royals continue their series against the Tigers, which will conclude on Thursday night.