SOUTH PORTLAND — As part of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s continued commitment to supporting the prevention and treatment of cancer and the work of the Maine Children’s Cancer Program (MCCP), 8-year-old cancer survivor Norman Albert was honored as an Anthem Hero at Hadlock Field for the courage he displayed battling a rare cancer at such a young age.

Albert, of Mechanic Falls, is the second of four Anthem Heroes at Hadlock to be recognized during the 2019 season. The ceremony took place prior to the July 27 Portland Sea Dogs game at Hadlock Field.

“Norman has shown such strength and perseverance during his cancer battle over this past year, and we are all inspired by his fight against this disease,” said Denise McDonough, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine. “Norman’s courage is one of the many reasons why we’re honoring him as our second Hero at Hadlock this summer, and why Anthem is proud to support the critical efforts of the Maine Children’s Cancer Program to treat and prevent childhood cancer.”

Last summer, 7-year-old Albert went for an X-ray for pain in his left arm. The X-ray revealed a tumor on his arm, and after additional tests, Albert was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma. He began chemotherapy in September at MCCP, and in January had the cancerous bone removed and replaced with a titanium prosthetic implant at Boston Children’s Hospital. Now 8 years old and entering the third grade, Albert loves playing video games, building with Legos, listening to music, and reading about medieval weapons and armor.

The Anthem Heroes at Hadlock program provides children who have battled a serious medical condition a once-in-a-lifetime experience at Hadlock Field. Each honoree takes a celebratory home run lap around the bases of Hadlock prior to a Sea Dogs home game while the players give the child high-fives and the crowd provides a standing ovation. The children and their families also receive a number of Sea Dogs souvenirs and other VIP privileges.

The Anthem Heroes at Hadlock program will recognize two more courageous kids this season prior to the games on August 11 (1 p.m. start) and August 25 (1 p.m. start).

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