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Family battling illnesses get VIP Cubs treatment at Wrigley

In the News | June 11, 2017

Ryan Wagner, 32, is battling colon cancer and his 2-year-old son Miles has already had a liver and kidney transplant because of a rare disorder.

Last week, the family got special treatment at Wrigley Field thanks to the Chicago Cubs. The Wagners also met Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, a cancer survivor who has inspired them as they dealt with their difficult reality.

“We definitely admire Rizzo,” said wife Ashley Wagner. “Miles was treated at Lurie Children’s Hospital and it’s just so awesome to see someone you admire as a baseball player do so much off the field for the kids at Lurie.”

In the Cubs dugout, wife Ashley Wagner couldn’t snap the photos fast enough.

“It’s just exciting,” she said. “It’s an opportunity to just do something fun and to forget about cancer and everything that has come with both of their conditions.”

Ryan Wagner has had 70 rounds of chemo and said they are just trying to find something that works.

“We’re seeing some progress, but just trying to deal with it on a day to day basis,” he said.

The Dream Foundation helped make the visit possible.