by: JOHN LARIVIERE - AARON AHLSTROMRecent Clackamas High School graduate Aaron Ahlstrom threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Hillsboro Hops game on Thursday, July 17. Then it was off to New York, where he hoped to meet Derek Jeter.

Aaron Ahlstrom is a big Jeter fan and cheered him on in the All-Star Game on July 15. Jeter had two hits and multiple standing ovations in his final All-Star appearance.

Ahlstrom’s wish has been to meet Derek Jeter, and the 18-year-old’s wish has come true through Make-A-Wish of Oregon.

Nine months ago, Ahlstrom was diagnosed with brain cancer. He seems to be winning the fight, and his most recent MRIs are looking good. He hasn’t let the cancer slow him down from playing baseball and basketball. He was a second-team all-league infielder for Clackamas High School’s baseball team last fall.

Ahlstrom was to meet Jeter before the Yankees’ home game Monday night (July 21).

Ahlstrom’s been looking forward to starting college, but first came his baseball dream weekend.

“We are just so excited about this trip, and how we’re going to be able to celebrate life,” his mother, Suzanne Ahlstrom, said before leaving for New York.

Ahlstrom’s dream weekend is the 300th wish granted in the 30 years of Oregon’s Make-A-Wish program.

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