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Make-A-Wish helps 'B-Rock' meet the Cincinnati Reds

CINCINNATI (Brad Underwood) -- 13-year-old Brock Johnson is one of the biggest Reds fans out there.
In fact, he says it is in his DNA.  A person may not know it by talking to him, but Brock is in the fight of his life.  He's battling a disease that's so rare it doesn't even have a name.
His wish was to meet his favorite team and, Friday night, that wish was granted.
During batting practice Brock Johnson, or B-Rock as he's known to his friends, checked the Reds lineup.

"It's been amazing, I've seen Chapman, Manny Parra, Billy came over here.  It's been crazy," said B-Rock.

Waiting by the dugout, he was able to get a few autographs.  But B-Rock's wish was to meet all the Reds players in person.

"Growing up my mom and dad have always been Reds fans, so I guess I just gravitated toward them.  Just never left, been there the whole time," he told Local 12.

During the game, he joined Thom Brennaman and Chris Welsh in the booth.  B-rock has been fighting a rare autoimmune disease since he was born.  His mother, Kristi Johnson, said August was going to be a tough month.

"He goes to the National Institute in Maryland every month.  No one can really put a pinpoint on what it is.  So this is the first time  they've done a transplant on something unidentified like Brock has," Kristi said.

With each signature and high-five B-Rock got, he gave a Red one of his bracelets asking them to pray for him, "I'm having a bone marrow transplant in August, so we are asking people to pray for us."

His favorite was missing, Brandon Phillips.  Then, at the end of batting practice, 'Dat Dude' appeared.  After a few autographs, B-Rock got to play catch with one of the best.

A huge "Thank You" to the Reds and the Make-A-Wish Foundation for making B-Rock's dream happen.  One thing that was cool, almost the whole time B-Rock was on Twitter posting pictures and messages.  After batting practice, @datdudebp started following B-Rock on Twitter!

Brock's wish marks a milestone 13,000 wishes granted by the Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana chapter.

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