Blue Jays Fan Gives ALCS Ticket to Cleveland Boy Shot In Barbershop Robbery
After defeating the Texas Rangers in the division series, the Toronto Blue Jays are set to play the Cleveland Indians on Friday at Progressive Field. In attendance will be a happy and grateful young boy who was recently a victim of gun violence.
According to a report from Cleveland.com, an unidentified Toronto woman heard the story of a young child being shot during a robbery and decided to give up her tickets to Game 1 of the ALCS so the boy can be there.
“A Toronto woman is giving her tickets to the first game of the American League Championship Series at Progressive Field Friday night to a young Cleveland boy recently wounded in a shooting.
The woman, who does not want to be identified, was inspired by the Indians’ recently created charity fund that aims to help disadvantaged children and to reduce youth violence. She learned about the fund — The Larry Doby Youth Fund — in a recent column by cleveland.com’s Paul Hoynes. Doby was the first African-American to play in the American League.
After reading Hoynes’ story about the fund, the woman contacted the Indians to offer up her tickets. The Indians then reached out to the family of Saed Abdeldayem, the 4-year-old boy shot in the foot Wednesday night at a barbershop on Cleveland’s West Side, during what police say was likely a botched robbery by three teens. Saed’s uncle, 21-year-old Yusef Suleiman, jumped on Saed to protect him during the shooting. Suleiman was not injured.
Suleiman is taking Saed to Friday night’s game.
“Saed is all ready to go,” Suleiman said Friday afternoon. “He has his gear on and is all smiles.”
The two are big Indians fans, Suleiman said.
“I would love to meet woman who donated the tickets and thank her,” he said.”
Faith in humanity restored.