Gabby Hernandez is Campbell’s biggest baseball fan. If you’ve been attending a game since 2016, you’ve probably seen her in the stands in her wheelchair wearing her orange Campbell jersey, with her family by her side, and smiles and waves coming from the players.
Now 13, Gabby has struggled with a number of health issues since she was six months old and has been in hospitals ever since. She has suffered brain loss a half dozen times in the form of brain atrophy, respiratory failure, and has been diagnosed with a handful of other conditions.
When Gabby and her family started attending Campbell baseball games in 2016, a special bond formed.
“Campbell’s baseball guys gave her something to look forward to and I firmly believe they’re part of the reason she’s still around and doing as well as she is,” Gabby’s mother said.
Gabby’s family have faced more difficult decisions than anyone else should have to make and have witnessed multiple miracles involving her health.
Gabby has many ambitions, hoping to travel when it becomes safer to see the mountains, beaches, Disney World (after previously being part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation) and Australia again. She also wants to go to an MLB game and pitch a first pitch at a baseball game.
As Gabby’s bond with the team has continued to develop over the past five years, both at Jim Perry Stadium and the Johnston County Miracle League, the Camels are now looking for other ways to give back and help her family turn those dreams into reality. .
This year Campbell will host the first Turkish Derby on December 3 at Jim Perry Stadium with 100% of the proceeds going to Gabby and her family.
Starting at 2:30 p.m., fans can pay to get their share at Jim Perry Stadium and practice batting on the field. The team’s home run derby will start at 4 p.m. With Campbell digging 73 times last season and possessing the fourth best offense in the country, the home run derby should feature plenty of offensive power.
Donations can be made on Venmo at @CUBSBFundraising, or in cash at the stadium on the day of the event.
Fans can also sponsor a player for the chance to win prizes if the selected hitter wins the derby.