Ask anyone, I am not a fan of ballpark proposals, but this one tugged at the heart strings.
According to CBS Sports, prior to Monday night’s Rays-Yankees game, a fan named Melissa Dohme walked on to Tropicana Field and threw out the ceremonial first pitch. It was your typical run-of-the-mill first pitch, however what followed was a proposal by Melissa’s boyfriend, Cameron Hill.
This is the part where I would normally roll my eyes. I was told to read the back story by several people, so I did. Claire McNeill of the Tampa Bay Times has details of what makes this proposal so special.
On a January night in 2012, Cameron Hill (a firefighter-paramedic) responded to a 911 call he’d never forget. On the pavement, he found a young woman so drenched in blood “you couldn’t tell she was blond.” She had been stabbed 32 times outside her home near Crest Lake Park by a former boyfriend.
Cameron knew nothing about her, not even her name. But as the Bayflite helicopter rose into the night sky with Melissa Dohme inside, Cameron felt something inside him shift — “a sixth sense.”
He knew he would see her again.
Melissa, then 20, spent three weeks in the hospital, flat-lining four times and suffering nerve damage that partly paralyzed one side of her face. To the surprise of her doctors, she left rehab walking on her own. She traveled to Europe. She went back to school, her drive to become a nurse even stronger.
The couple reconnected in the fall of that year and started dating.
Dohme told the Tampa Bay Times:
When I look back on that night, I can’t think of it as all bad anymore because I met Cameron. He’s the one I’ve been waiting for. My fairy tale.
On the brink of tragedy and facing a battle for her life one moment, Dohme met a man that would change her life forever.
If this doesn’t give you chills, seek help immediately.
Photo: NY Daily News