Double Blue donation

SOPHIE NICHOLLS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:10 AM ET

Four months ago Danielle Caterina thought she'd never play baseball again.

The 15-year-old, who was diagnosed at birth with Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic lung disorder, was told by doctors when one of her lungs collapsed last September that she had to stop all physical activity.

"Walking and breathing was hard for me," said Caterina, who had to bring oxygen to her games prior to her lung collapsing. "There were times when it was so hard I wanted to give up. But I knew I had so much to live for."

With a lot of will and a little bit of luck the teen, who is from Curtis, Ont. and a patient at the Hospital for Sick Children, had a successful double lung transplant in January. Now she's not only able to play baseball again, but she's swinging bats and running bases better and faster than before.

"I have more energy. I am able to do more, breath better, and I can run to all the bases by myself," said Caterina, who was released from hospital two weeks after the operation. "The doctors said I set a record and that my recovery was the best they had ever seen."

As an official emcee for Sick Kids yesterday, Caterina helped announce a $4-million donation to the hospital from the Toronto Argonauts. The event also marked a partnership between the football club and the world-renowned hospital. Even the institution's front lawn along University Avenue was renamed Toronto Argonauts Children's Plaza.

"We've got our biggest guys ... the 300-pounders who are going to be coming in and spending time at Sick Kids," said Argos head coach Michael "Pinball" Clemons. "For us this is as big as it gets. This is how we desire to be. We desire to be Toronto's ultimate role model."

During the 2007 CFL season there will be many events uniting the Argos with the hospital's patients and their families, including the official Sick Kids Game Day Sept. 23 when the Argos are scheduled to play the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Rogers Centre.


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