PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Sometimes things happen in a person’s life that not only change them, but change the people around them as well.

Nicole Strain, a cancer patient, got quite a surprise Friday morning at Magee-Womens Hospital when she was presented with a big check from The Cure Baseball organization.

The charity’s Alex Paluka made the presentation: “Here’s $250 in cash and a check for $1,500 from The Cure Baseball and Atlantic Coast Baseball.”

“Taking a sport like baseball and mixing it with trying to fight cancer and trying to fight all types of cancer, and people will relate to that,” said Paluka.

All the money was raised at a youth baseball tournament here in Pittsburgh over the Mother’s Day holiday.

“I had to have plural surgery done last year and I’ll need treatment for the rest of my life. It’s very expensive and this is going to help out tremendously,” said Nicole Strain, a cancer patient.

“For a young man to take his time to do things like this for people he does not know because of an experience he had. It’s very touching to people,” Strain added. “It really is, so it’s really great that Pittsburgh now knows about it.”

Dr. Rachel Jankowitz nominated Strain.

“I was just happy for her. She comes in every week at 7:30 in the morning to get her treatment and make sure she gets to work on time,” said Dr. Jankowitz. I couldn’t think of a better person for this to happen to.”

Paluka grew up playing baseball and started The Cure Baseball organization after losing his mother to breast cancer.

“I have two teenage boys, so seeing maybe what they are thinking about it from someone else’s perspective – helps,” Strain added.

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