This is Cory Hahn. Cory was considered a baseball prodigy in high school and was drafted into the Major League in his senior year. He told the scouts he wanted to go to college first. Cory attended Arizona State University and played baseball for the Sun Devils in his freshman year. During his third game of the season he attempted to take second base when, in a life-changing split second, his head collided with the second baseman’s knee. Cory suffered a fracture of the C5 vertebrae in his neck, damaging his spinal cord and leaving him paralyzed from the chest down.
In time and with a lot of physical therapy, Cory got himself back on track with a business degree, aiming to graduate in Spring 2014. He drives a customized Toyota van using hand controls. He served as a student coach for the Sun Devils for two seasons. And then something amazing happened.
On June 8, President and CEO Derrick Hall of the Arizona Diamondbacks (Major League Baseball), drafted Cory in the 34th round; 34 because that was Cory’s number as a Sun Devil. He won’t be joining the rest of the draftees in the Minors but it’s not just about being a draft pick. The club hopes to hire Cory for a full-time position in the Diamondbacks organization once he graduates. Cory’s insatiable drive and willpower have shown that just because he can’t play baseball doesn’t mean he can’t be involved in the game.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Evan turned four last Friday and his back-to-back family/friends Power Rangers party was on Saturday. Because I had two groups to feed, I did a chocolate cake layered with a removable top tier. It worked out great, with the exception of Evan not wanting another Happy Birthday song sung and to eat more cake! The “buildings” along the edges are sugar cookies decorated with royal icing (never again) and candy. Evan had a great time but it was a long day for him and the little mite crawled into bed with his blanket before the party was over.
THE SQUARES – WEEK 23
As mentioned last week, I brought some colour! I knew it was going to be a busy week so I kept things simple with my “square in the round” pattern, changing the colour each day.
Square Count: 161