EAST LONGMEADOW, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - Spring is right around the corner and with it comes the start of baseball season.
For one local mom, it brings a flood of good memories as she looks to celebrate Red Sox Opening Day for the first time without her better half.
"She's there for the patient. She comes in every day and puts a smile on and tries to get through the day the best she can," Kim Liimatainen, the senior director of rehab for CareOne at Redstone, tells us.
The ladies who run therapy at CareOne at Redstone in East Longmeadow describe their co-worker, Amie Haskell, as a strong, family-oriented mother for all.
"Amie is the department mom. She cooks for us, always there to chat with us, shares her life experiences with us, and we appreciate that. She's always talking about her family and Tommy too. She always referred to him as 'my Tommy' and their love story she shared with us," Beth Alicea-Torres, occupational therapist for CareOne at Redstone, stated.
But last Fall, Amie and her family were hit with heart breaking news
"In October, her husband was diagnosed with cancer that was very aggressive after not feeling well pretty much for the Summer and then, unfortunately, he passed away in December," explained Liimatainen.
"It was spindle cell sarcoma that ended up causing him to pass," says Alicea-Torres.
"I remember sitting there in shock and she just said, 'We lost him. My love is gone'," continued Liimatainen
The Redstone team now going to bat for Amie, reaching out to the Surprise Squad after hearing that she and her husband, Tommy, had a long run with the Red Sox.
"They would always take opening day off. They would go to the game or go somewhere to watch the game, but they always had Opening Day off," said Liimatainen.
Going to the Red Sox home opener was always a special tradition for Amie and her family, so now as the Western Mass News Surprise Squad, we're going to make that a reality for them this year, sliding in with Red Sox bags of swag.
"I have two daughters, twenty-five and twenty-nine. They live in Providence and we all love the Red Sox. This year, I don't know if I'll be going to Opening Day, but I've been going the last few years with my husband, but we're very avid Red Sox fans so this is very special," stated Haskell.
Amie tells Western Mass News, because of Tommy, typically, by this time of the year, she knows every player and their position on the Red Sox.
"But unfortunately, he passed away in December, so this is a different season for me, but I'm going to try to do the best I can and still sporting and loving them so," says Haskell.
And the ladies here at CareOne, along with the Surprise Squad, wanted to help you out this year with three tickets to the Red Sox home opener.
"Oh my gosh. I don't believe it. That's really so nice!" exclaimed Haskell.
Reporter: We worked directly with the Red Sox and told them your unfortunate circumstances, and they wanted to help out and send you and the girls to the home opener this year.
"That's amazing and he'd be thrilled to know I'd be going. We just weren't sure what we were going to do. It's a hard tradition to go without him, but it'll certainly be very special to have the girls there and we'll make a tradition of it for sure. I appreciate it so much. Thank you so much," added Haskell.