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D-Backs create special day for boy battling life threatening disease

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - It was a special day at a baseball game for one valley kid battling a life threatening disease.

The Diamondbacks came through to make sure his day at the ballpark was a memorable one--and it was more than he and his family could ever ask for.

"I thought it was just a random game, just watch it, but nope," said Jacob Priestley.

A typical Sunday at a Diamondbacks game turned into something more for Jacob Priestley and his family.

Jacob has mitochondrial disease, a disease that attacks mitochondria, which create energy for the body.

His 12th birthday is on August 28.

Jacob's dad, Tom, has a friend who knows a couple of Diamondback players and let them know Jacob would be coming to the game Sunday.

"We're sitting there and one of the guys comes up and says, 'Hey, Xavier Paul from D-Backs would like to chat with you. Do you mind coming down and hanging out with us for a minute?' I'm like, 'Sure, no problem.' So, we get Jake, go down to the field, Xavier hands him a signed baseball, which we thought was awesome," said Tom Priestley.

But it didn't stop there...

"Then he pulls out a jersey. On the back says Priestley, number 14. I'm like, man that is sweet, so I'm like, 'Can we get a couple pics on the field?' He's like, 'Ya, no problem'," said Tom Priestley.

Jake then got to check out the clubhouse and shake hands with a couple of players.
    
"I thought everything was done. I'm like, 'This has been sweet. This is awesome'," said Tom Priestley.

Jacob even got to be on the jumbo-tron--twice!

The D-Backs helped create an amazing memory for this family that they'll never forget.

"It was pretty cool," said Jacob Priestley.

"Wanted to give thanks to Kevin Towers and the D-Backs organization for allowing us to take a memory and cherish it, something we don't know how many more were going to be a able to build," said Tom Priestley. "The players, to step up like they did, I see the D-Backs doing things all the time. We never figured it would happen to us. Now that it did, we're fans forever. We always have been, always will be. We love the D-Backs."

Jacob and his family also have a Facebook page chronicling Jacob's fight against mitochondrial disease: Adventures with Mighty Jake.

His father says he just wanted to give his thanks to the D-Backs for all they did for Jacob.
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