Holocaust Survivor Throws First Pitch at MLB Game for Her 100th Birthday

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(ConservativeHub.com) – Helen Kahan, a Holocaust survivor, turned 100 years old last week. For her Birthday, she attended a Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees game, where she had the opportunity to throw the first pitch. Meanwhile, she had more than 25,000 people in the audience cheering for her. Kahan, in an interview with Fox News Digital, stated that the experience was “wonderful and exciting” and having so many people cheering and honoring her was great.

The game took place on May 5, which was also Kahan’s birthday. She also have multiple family members there with her, including her kids, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Some of them showed up with Tampa Bay Rays jerseys that read “Bubbi” on them. According to the Fox News report, Bubbi is the Yiddish word for grandma.

Kahan revealed that she could have never imagined celebrating any of her birthdays in this way, “let alone” her 100th. She shared that she was grateful to be able to tell her story and serve as a reminder of how important empathy was to the world.

Kahan’s ceremonial pitch was reportedly held to recognize the Florida Holocaust Museum, where her story is featured and shared with thousands people who visit the museum. The money made from the game is being donated to the museum with the Rays Baseball Foundation making a $10,000 grant offered to the museum.

Kahan added in her interview that this “means everything” to her as it helps ensure that the victims of the Holocaust are remembered. As she shared she lost her “parents, sisters and brothers and grandmothers” during the Holocaust, so it was very important to her that people remembered what happened.

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