Baseball Gives Father & Son Bond For Life
Baseball has always been a game of father-son bonding, but a Forest City pair put the game and life in perspective.
In the small town, the Forest City Owls provide a big league boost to Jackie and Jason Higgins.
"It's fun to bring him over here, I know he enjoys it," Jackie says of his son. "We could have lost him any time 25 years ago."
Jason was diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was 10 and had a stroke at 11. He's been wheelchair bound ever since.
Every pitch, conjures clear memories attached to fuzzy photos of Jason as a kid.
"If the ball went over the fence, he went over the fence," says Jason's sister Sherry Curtis.
Despite the painful personal history, the family stays strong, largely because of Jason's strength and humor.
"You make the best of the situation," Jackie says.
He holds up fingers to tell his son the score, but often Jason is in tune with the game.
"And I like to say something to him about the scoreboard and his face will light up," Jackie says.
After all they've been through, baseball is a source of healing.
"He loves the crowd and he loves the game," Sherry says. "And I think it reminds him too of when he used to play. One sense of normalcy that my dad gives for him, is to come enjoy the game with his son."