Employee's son fires a pitch over home plate to strike out cancer

Boeing, Mariners team up to create a memory on the pitcher’s mound

September 06, 2017 in Our Community

Lucan Rhatigan has endured more in the past few years than most do in a lifetime.

The 10-year old son of Boeing employee Patrick Rhatigan fought an intense battle against neuroblastoma, a type of cancer that forms in certain nerve tissues, and is now proudly two years cancer-free.

To celebrate his successful battle and significant milestone, and to acknowledge Boeing’s special partnership with the American Cancer Society this year, Lucan was selected to throw the ceremonial first pitch at the Seattle Mariners’ “Salute to Kids” game. The baseball game was sponsored by Boeing over the Sept. 2-4 Labor Day weekend.

As Lucan sent a rocket over home plate at Safeco Field, cheered on by nearly 100 excited friends, family members and co-workers in the stands, his father couldn’t stop smiling.

“This is a day our family will never forget,” the elder Rhatigan said. “Lucan called it one of the greatest days of his life.”

Patrick Rhatigan, who works in Sales for Commercial Airplanes, joined Boeing after retiring as a colonel after spending 24 years in the U.S. Air Force. In his free time, he coaches the Little League team that Lucan now plays on as a pitcher.

Boeing launched its special partnership with the American Cancer Society in 2017, to support cancer research, vital patient resources and advocacy programs.

Boeing employees have so far contributed more than $850,000 to the effort, donations the company has matched dollar-for-dollar.

By Deborah Feldman