Santa Maria Sun / News
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 15, Issue 21
Community Corner: Help Santa Maria Babe Ruth make it to nationals
BY AMY ASMAN
Robert Lopez graced the pages of the Sun about five years ago as an Athlete of the Week.
“Second baseman Robert ‘Speedy’ Lopez may be a Little Leaguer in stature, but the 10-year-old has a genuine Big League heart,” the article said. “While he’s excelled as a two-time Southside League All-Star, the fact that he can take the field at all is no small miracle.
“When he was just 18 months old, doctors discovered Robert had a brain tumor in his frontal lobe. Surgeons were only able to remove part of it during a several-hour operation,” it continued. “Robert’s parents were told their son would be completely paralyzed on his left side due to nerve damage.”
These days, the 15-year-old is still slugging away at the ball with his team, Santa Maria Babe Ruth, which recently made it to regionals. However, now the players need at least $1,000 to pay their way.
“We’re taking 14 boys,” said Gloria Ramos Lopez, Robert’s mother.
She said the team has held a couple of fundraisers, including a car wash, but its members are still in need more money by Aug. 2, when they leave for the tournament.
To make a donation to Santa Maria Babe Ruth, call Lopez at 264-2997.
Managing Editor Amy Asman compiled this week’s Community Corner. Information should be sent to the Sun via mail, email, or fax.