Brendan Franco, the cancer-stricken boy who visited the Biscuits on July 4, 2011, died Thursday, the Southeast Sun reports.
Franco, diagnosed with terminal liver cancer last spring, was a special guest of the Biscuits last summer. He was part of a police escort that took him to Riverwalk Stadium, was in the dugout to meet the players and threw out a ceremonial first pitch.
The Biscuits made him feel special, too. Manager Billy Gardner and hitting coach Ozzie Timmons kept him on the bench almost until the first pitch. Infielder Cole Figueroa produced a brand new glove for Franco, then 12, to be in style for his ceremonial throw.