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Photos, Video: Southold’s Camryn Koke throws first pitch, hears song in her honor at Ducks game

It was a grand slam day on Saturday for Southold’s Camryn Koke, 9, who was chosen to throw out the first pitch at the Long Island Ducks game, and hear a song created in her honor sung by the Long Island Children’s Choir.

Camryn, who has cystic fibrosis, has a sunny and bubbly personality and said the day was filled with fun.

“It was the best day ever. It was so much fun throwing out the first pitch. It made me really happy to have my friends and family there to be a part of recording my song,” she said.

Camryn’s mother Jennifer added, “It was such a special day; it brought tears to my eyes hearing everyone sing a special song created for my daughter. We are so thankful for how special everyone has made Camryn feel.”

Koke said both she and her husband Mike “are so honored and grateful she was chosen; what a special gift. This is such a great way to tell people about CF.”

At Long Island Ducks vs. York Revolution game at Bethpage Ballpark, the Long Island Children’s Choir recorded a live a song composed specifically for Camryn, mentioning all kinds of special details about her life — even her beloved cat.

“While brainstorming a meaningful way to commemorate our first anniversary, another board member mentioned the organization, Songs of Love,” said Dr. Jennifer Shaer, one of the founding members of the Long Island Children’s Choir and a pediatrician with Allied Physicians Group. “Having our children be able to bring joy through song to a local child who was suffering seemed like a beautiful opportunity — and what is even more meaningful is that Camryn is actually my patient.”

“This incredible gesture was such a surprise — and May is actually Cystic Fibrosis Month,” Koke said. “To be invited to a Long Island Ducks game and have her song recorded live is simply just wonderful, and we can’t thank them enough.”

Songs of Love works with dozens of songwriters across the country, customizing songs for children with major illnesses by weaving fun facts about the child into each song. Camryn’s song, made possible by the support of Allied Pediatrics of New York, will then become available for download on iTunes through the LIChildrensChoir.org website.{gallery}2015_0507_Camryn_Ducks{/gallery}

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