By Carrie Muskat
CHICAGO — The best Christmas presents don’t always come in brightly wrapped packages. Just ask 7-year-old Abby Oates of Chicago. This holiday, she and hundreds of other kids will treasure the gift they’ve received from Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster: a chance at a normal life.
At the age of 4, Abby was diagnosed with 22q11.2 deletion, also known as DiGeorge syndrome/IVFS. Dempster and his wife, Jenny, have stepped up to raise awareness of the disorder and help families deal with it. They know firsthand about the struggles associated with 22q11.2 because their daughter, Riley, has it.
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