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Mustangs Make Wish Come True for Local Boy

Patrick Guinn spent the day with the St. Joseph Mustangs.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The Mustangs have signed talented ball players over the last six years, but none quite as inspiring as the one they brought in Saturday.

St. Joseph gave Patrick Guinn an opportunity to do something not many four-year-old kids get the chance to -- he signed a contract to join the two-time MINK League champions.

The Mustangs set their newest member up with his own locker, a uniform and memories to last a lifetime.

"It's awesome to see him sit there on the table and signing a contract. It's just a great feeling," Patrick's father Kevin Guinn said.

But Patrick's battled through more obstacles in four years than anyone would want to face in a lifetime.

"There's really no way to describe it when the doctor comes back and tells you that your one-year-old child is in heart failure, and you don't know if he's going to make it through the night," Kevin said.

On April 8, 2011, Patrick was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy -- a condition where the heart becomes weakened, enlarged and can't pump blood efficiently.

"There's no amount of words you can really say that could even describe the feelings that go through your body."

But Patrick wasn't about to give up without a battle. He responded well to a week of treatment in the hospital. Now three years later, he's running around like a healthy kid.

"It means the world seeing him out here," Patrick's mother Trisha Guinn said. "He looks like a normal kid and is acting like a normal kid playing with the other kids."

With some help from the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Mustangs, he looked like a normal baseball player, too.

Patrick was the starting pitcher for St. Joseph during Saturday night's game against Joplin, and he struck out the only batter he faced.

"Really that's one of the things that we should be here for is to be involved in the community and do whatever we can to make kids dreams come true," Mustangs manager Matt Johnson said.

The Mustangs made that dream come true for a young man that will continue to beat the odds.

"He's a happy-go-lucky kid. He's running around having a good time. It's really special to see."

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