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Local cancer survivor Eric Powell high fives T.C. after throwing the first pitch at the Twins’ game against the Indians July 21. His honorary toss was part of the Pitch for Prevention program, which raised awareness for below-the-belt cancers at Target Field. (Submitted photo)

Pitching for prevention: Local cancer survivor delivers first toss at Twins game

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It’s not every day that a lifelong Twins fan gets pitching advice from Hall-of-Famer Bert Blyleven. But that’s exactly what Eric Powell, a New Richmond native and stage three cancer survivor, got before he threw the first pitch at the Twins’ game against Cleveland July 21 at Target Field.


“One minute I was taking a picture with him in the press room, and the next minute he was telling me how to throw the ball to home plate,” Powell said. “It was pretty cool.”

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Jenny Hudalla
A senior at Bethel University, Jenny Hudalla is pursuing degrees in journalism, Spanish and reconciliation studies. Having graduated from New Richmond High School in 2011, she served as editor-in-chief of the Tiger Rag before taking a job as editor-in-chief of Bethel's student newspaper, The Clarion. After completing her internship with the New Richmond News, Hudalla plans to move on to a career in social justice.
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