The Chicago Cubs did something pretty special for a young fan named Luke Strotman, who is battling leukemia:

Awesome, both in content, and in what it represents.

It would have been very easy for the Cubs to produce this video, and then send it out to the four corners of the media for some easy PR. But they didn’t. You can see there who posted the video – a user named MarkStr20, whom I’m guessing is Luke’s father (UPDATE: It’s his brother, and see below for more info). In other words, the Cubs made this video especially for Luke, sent it to his family, and left it at that. It’s only because Luke’s brother posted it that we get to see it (and we thank him).

The Cubs didn’t make this video so that they could get some positive buzz. They didn’t make this video so that people like me would praise them. They made the video so that a little kid named Luke would have a hell of a great day.

That makes me feel pretty good about the organization, and makes me proud to be associated with them as a fan.

And, of course, to Luke: we’re all looking forward to seeing that first pitch at Wrigley Field.

UPDATE: From BN’er Marco, in the comments:

I’m a friend of Mark Strotman, Luke’s brother, and he’s been actively getting the word out and supporting his brother’s cancer fight.

What a tremendous gesture by the Cubs. Brought me close to tears.

Please visit his Facebook site

Keep fighting, Luke!

  • Marco

    Brett —

    I’m a friend of Mark Strotman, Luke’s brother, and he’s been actively getting the word out and supporting his brother’s cancer fight.

    What a tremendous gesture by the Cubs. Brought me close to tears.

    Please visit his Facebook site

    Keep fighting, Luke!

    • Brett

      Thanks for sharing that, Marco.

  • spearman

    That’s Awesome! Thanks for playing!

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  • Engine 78

    I work at Lurie and can tell you first hand that the Cubs have been nothing short of amazing in the work they do here for the kids. HIPAA obviously prevents me from sharing any specific details but their efforts here have been remarkable. Tony and Anthony are true inspiration stories for these kids.

  • Shawon O’Meter

    Seriously, we are all passionate about our Cubs and we want them to succeed so badly that we may lose sight of the big picture. These are human beings, with feelings, strong convictions and personal experiences that we can never fully realize or understand. So, the next time we get all bent out of shape about someone making an error, striking out several times in a row, or maybe not living up to the media’s or your expectations, bring this video out…it’s called perspective.

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  • Carew

    I actually did get tears

  • P hertz

    There’s no crying in baseball…or at work. stop it!

  • Gary Dilbaitis

    This makes me PROUD to be a Cubs fan!

  • MB allbearsbullscubs

    First class all the way.

  • Brandon – AA Correspondent

    Totally awesome. Tears in my eyes. Good stuff.

  • MoistassAlou

    To put a smile on the heart of a child…..Nicely done!!

  • Brent

    Gave me goosebumps. Fantastic!

  • Flashfire

    Rizzo is going to have a street named after him at this rate. Great, great thing by the Cubs.

  • brian

    Right in the feel

  • cccubfan

    Just goes to show you there’s a lot more to life than baseball and the Cubs stepped out and proved to us all that they love the fans…God bless ’em all…

  • Dave H

    It makes me proud to be a Cubs fan. Go get’em Luke.

  • dreese

    Oh my God that was incredible! That make me KNOW we have the best organization in all of baseball and that everyone in the FO cares about more than just money.

  • ProfessorCub

    more than trading Garza, more than our draft position, more than Soler’s development….I want to see this kid throw out that first pitch at Wrigley.

    • Carew

      on opening day, July 4th, the last day, and any playoff game

  • SoCal Cubs Fan

    Proud to be a Cubs fan!

  • Todd

    I look forward to that first pitch Luke!!!!

  • Steve

    I read this posting before I read about Solar… I guess that say’s it all.
    Yeah, we all want to see the Cubs win, but when it comes down to it, we’d rather see Luke win.

  • jstraw

    Campana doesn’t mention that he’s a cancer survivor too.

    This is just so excellent.

  • bluekoolaidaholic

    It is pretty hard to put tears in this old Marine’s eyes, but this did it.
    Hang in there Luke, We are all pulling for you.

  • Girls Love Baseball Too!

    This is what good sportmanship is all about. Representing all that’s good in a team, through the act(s) of it’s players. I Like baseball, I LOVE my Cubs. Can’t wait to see Luke on that pitchers mound! Thank you guys for reminding us why baseball is America’s Game!

  • PKJ

    This is so cool

  • Wilson17

    Great Job guys .

  • louis

    Class act cubs

  • Brian

    Wow that gave me chills. I was part of a walk here in Denver last weekend called Step up for Cancer. It was put on by 30 or so different cancer foundations. Anyways there was a kid that was 10yrs old that took part, and he had overcome cancer 5 times already in his young life. He completed the walk, which consisted of 1765 stairs, every stair in the soccer stadium here. Truly amazing stuff both in witnessing that and participating along side him and many other survivors. I truly root for all these people both young and old who have to deal with these terrible hands they are dealt. Brings everything really into perspective.

  • socalicubsfan

    Thank you for sharing this… Truly puts things in perspective. I’m proud to be a part of this organization’s fanbase. Go get ’em, Luke!