JAMES P. McCOY/Buffalo News
Ron Barrett, left, and Tom Rook, both of Buffalo, still dream of seeing a World Series game in Yankee Stadium.
The record rainstorm in New York City Saturday washed away the World Series game plans of two Buffalo paramedics, but they gave it a silver lining with an act of philanthropy.
New York Yankee fans Ron Barrett and Tom Rook were stuck with rain checks for a makeup game on Sunday evening, when they had to be back in Buffalo to work overnight for Rural/Metro Ambulance Service, so they decided to turn their bad luck into a good deed.
"We had the idea to contact someone and give the tickets to a kid with cancer or leukemia," Barrett said, "sort of like the Make a Wish Foundation. One of our bosses had a son 7 years old who died of brain cancer, and we were thinking of him."
Barrett and Rook contacted St. Joseph Hospital in Paterson, N.J., and told a nursing supervisor what they wanted to do.
"She said she'd get back to me," Barrett said, "because usually the kids are really sick. Two minutes later she called back."
The recipient was Victor Rodriguez of Prospect Park, N.J. Though not exactly a youngster -- he's 20 -- he's a baseball fan and is battling an inoperable tumor in his neck.
Unfortunately, Rodriguez was too ill from chemotherapy to attend Sunday night's game. His brother and stepfather went instead.
Barrett and Rook felt they made the most of their long drive to New York City.
"We enjoyed Manhattan even though it rained. We could have sold our tickets, but we felt better about doing it this way," Barrett said.