D’Ante was introduced to the Jake Taraska Foundation by the owner of Prospect Wire, Matt Bomesial. D’Ante is about to be a junior in high school and has high aspirations of becoming a college baseball player and eventually a Major League Baseball player. D’Ante was getting college looks from big time D1 schools and a lot of people around the game of baseball say that D’Ante is extremely talented and has the potential to be a star ballplayer. However, his baseball success and his college recruiting process had to be put on hold. In January of 2018, D’Ante got diagnosed with cancer and later became 3 different types of cancer. He had to go through chemotherapy in order to cure his cancer. This was a very hard time for D’Ante because it was right before his baseball season, which was a perfect opportunity to showcase his talents to the college baseball coaches. D’Ante couldn’t play baseball for over 6 months and on July 26, 2018, D’Ante became cancer free.
Below is a picture of when I went to go watch D’Ante play in his first game since becoming cancer free. As soon as the doctor’s cleared him, he played right away. In his first at-bat since December, he had a 2 rbi single to help his team win that game. It was a very emotional and cool experience to watch.
D’Ante has an incredible family and incredible parents who do everything they can to support D’Ante throughout his cancer and his baseball career. The Jake Taraska Foundation gave D’Ante a small care package, a FSU blanket, and a bible. Jake and D’Ante are very close and they are both baseball players aspiring to make it to professional baseball.