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When the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers took the field for Super Hero Night this past Friday, their jerseys will looked a lot different than usual. That’s because the team was honoring a super hero within its own family in four-year-old Miles Mortensen.MattMortenson

Mortensen, who’s the son of current Omaha reliever and former major leaguer Clayton Mortensen, is currently undergoing treatment following a cancer relapse last month. As a show of support during his courageous fight, the team decided to create a special custom jersey that would be worn in Miles’ honor.

The team even included its fans in the process by holding a contest earlier in the month. The winning jersey was designed by Nicole Pappas of Boston, and according to Omaha.com will feature players and coaches wearing capes on the back of their jerseys as part of the design.

The white jerseys featured a large blue “M” for Miles on the front, with the Storm Chasers’ “O-Bolt” logo in yellow directly behind it. Surrounding the “M” and logo on the front are the words “Super Miles” in support of Miles.

The arm sleeves are yellow with the hashtag “#LetsGoMiles” on the left arm. The yellow sleeves symbolize pediatric cancer awareness. The back also features a yellow wind-blown superhero cape behind the Storm Chasers’ jersey numbers.SuperHeroJerseysCenter

Miles Mortensen is the four-year-old son of Storm Chasers Pitcher (2014-Present) Clayton Mortensen and his wife Janna. Miles has been valiantly battling Neuroblastoma, a rare form of Pediatric Cancer, since 2014. Miles underwent chemotherapy and eventually stem cell therapy, which left Miles cancer-free for over a year. Recently, after a three-month check-up it was discovered that the neuroblastoma has returned in a different area. Miles, the Mortensen’s and their extended family and friends must now prepare for another battle.

Last Friday’s Super Hero Night featured a #LetsGoMiles jersey auction to support the son of P Clay Mortensen. Yeah, those jerseys were pretty awesome! And that’s due in large part to the fact that Miles himself was able to select the winning uniform.

“From the submissions, there were six that he got to pick from, and he picked the one that he thought was the most awesome,” Miles’ mother, Janna Mortensen, told FOX Sports this past Friday. “I think he really liked seeing his name on there. He’s really into his name and knowing the letters right now, so he really liked the design of it.” BrianDuensing

It doesn’t get any better than that. Well, until you hear this.

The jerseys were auctioned off during the Storm Chasers’ game on Friday night, with one-hundred percent of the proceeds benefiting “Let’s Go Miles.” The fundraising total will also be matched one-hundred percent by the Brian Duensing Foundation, which was created by Storm Chaser’s pitcher Brian Duensing.

This night was a resounding win for everybody involved. We hope those in and around Omaha supported this worthy cause.

The Brian Duensing Foundation is dedicated to providing hope and support to families battling cancer or serious illness. This is accomplished by increasing awareness and by raising funds to support two main areas: (1) research and improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment; and (2) outreach projects specifically designed to ease the emotional, financial and spiritual burdens enduring by families facing these diseases.To learn more about the Brian Duensing Foundation visit the website at this link.

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