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Night at Petco Park for children fighting cancer

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Wednesday night was special at Petco Park as a Colorado man helped a group of kids escape from their challenges of fighting cancer for a few hours by treating them and their families to a Padres Game.

Petco Park is the 14th stadium for the Youth Cancer Baseball Tour this year, and on Wednesday night the founder - Greg Durfee- teamed up with GoFundMe to pay for the kids' meals and parking.

For some kids, a trip to a Padres game is more than a walk in the park.

Aldo Aguilar, 15, was diagnosed with brain cancer 13-years-ago.

Aldo was joined by other children with cancer during Wednesday night's Padres game against the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of Durfee's Youth Cancer Baseball Tour.

"This is getting them out of the hospital. This is getting them away from chemo. This is giving them something as a family and the child cancer community is hard to do," said Durfee.

In 2000, Durfee - a Colorado native - lost a friend's nephew to cancer. He ended up on skid row but that all changed when he decided he wanted to change his life and impact kids by taking them to baseball stadiums across the country.

Survivors like 15-year-old Elizabeth Reyes are part of Friends of Scott's Foundation - a non-profit that helps kids with cancer and their families.

"Today we can be us. Today we can be teenagers. Today we can be who we want to be. Ordinary people come to watch it, but for us, I was here last year and I am here again. That means I have survived another year," said Elizabeth Bonillo.

Since 2010 the Youth Cancer Baseball Tour has sent 920 kids and their families to baseball games.

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