On June 5, the Bowie Baysox will host a special fund-raiser for Dillon Papier, a seventh-grader with deep family roots in Bowie who suffers from Niemann-Pick Disease, which affects the victim's metabolism. The disease is caused by a genetic mutation. In 2005, Dillon was diagnosed with Niemann-Pick Type C, which is a rare, devastating and always fatal disease with only 500 cases world wide.
The symptoms of this disease include enlarged spleen and liver, clumsiness and loss of muscle control, deterioration of speech, seizures, and progressive neurological and intellectual decline. Many children die before the age of 10, or within 5-10 years of the diagnosis.
Before the June 5 doubleheader between the Bowie Baysox and the Akron Rubber Ducks, Dillon will get to throw out the first pitch prior to the 1:05 p.m. start. Fans can contribute to the research effort toward finding a cure for Niemann-Pick Disease by buying a special $40 ticket to the games that day.
That price gets the buyer a game ticket, a seat in one of Prince George's Stadium's corporate suites, plus unlimited food and drink.
Contact Maris Walker at 301-529-6491 or 301-464-8935 for more information. Only the tickets purchased through Ms. Walker will benefit Dillon.
Six-year old Gianny Melanay Jones, a first-grader at Tulip Grove Elementary, won the 2016 "Princess Maryland" title last month and will represent the state at the America's Little Miss national pageant in Orlando, Florida in August. There, she hopes to be crowned Princess America.
The pageant encourages young girls to showcase their personalities. At the pageant, selected state and regional representatives compete for a prize package and national title of America's Little Miss, America's Pre-Teen or America's Princess.
While in Orlando, Gianny will participate in mentoring workshops geared toward developing her poise and self-confidence.
As part of her requirement for holding the state title, she must volunteer in the community monthly. She has been helping out at the Starmakers Academy of Dance in Bowie. She also has organized a food drive that will benefit the Bowie Interfaith Pantry.
Gianny will ride in the city's Memorial Day parade on Saturday and will also make an appearance at the Bowie Baysox game on May 29 as part of a fundraising raffle at the game.
Hamzah Abdus-Salaam, a graduating senior at Bowie High School, has accepted a full lacrosse scholarship to Hampton University.
This was the first year that lacrosse was offered as a varsity sport in Prince George's County, so Abdus-Salaam is believed to be the first athlete in county public school history to earn a full lacrosse scholarship.
He played as a defenseman and midfielder for the Bulldogs, scooping up 100 ground balls, with one goal and a16 assists. Both the Bowie boys and girls won the first-ever county high school lacrosse championships.