BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — On the field, Dario Pizzano plays baseball for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. Off the field, he’s spreading awareness for a cause close to his heart.
Dario’s life has always revolved around one thing.
“The simple answer is baseball,” said Pizzano.
Until life threw him a curveball he wasn’t expecting. His mother Tracie, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
“She actually got tested for it when I was seven,” reflected Pizzano. “She woke up blind in her left eye, and she was 31 and obviously didn’t know why or what happened. The test came back, she had MS.”
Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable disease that affects your central nervous system.
“It was confusing to me because there was nothing wrong with her, like I couldn’t see anything,” said Pizzano. “Nothing affected her yet. The damage will come later, we don’t know when it will start rearing it’s ugly head.”
Dario has been playing professional baseball since 2012, but this was the year he decided to take initiative.
“I’ve always envisioned myself being a big leaguer, using my platform for it, and I’ve been like waiting, oh, when I get there, but I don’t want to wait anymore,” said Dario.
Insert Mission Stadiums 4 Multiple Sclerosis, or MS4MS. It’s a non-profit organization that Dario has become a lead ambassador for. Dario is spreading orange one baseball stadium at time. It’s something his family is extremely proud of.
“No one in our family has really taken initiative and raised awareness for it proactively, so it’s great to see Dario do that, and my mother’s definitely really happy about it,” said Donato, Dario’s brother.
“It’s been great watching it take off,” said Dario’s sister, Gianna. “And watching him hit the ground running with it. He’s so dedicated and determined whenever he sets his mind to something.”
For Dario, his mother’s battle has helped him think outside of the box, while playing baseball.
“It gives me some perspective too,” said Dario. “Like okay I went 0-4. Personally I feel like the world is ending, but then I step back and I’m like, it’s a game, I just want to make all my family members proud, especially my mom and my dad, who have given me every opportunity to be where I am today.”
Before, Dario’s life centered around the sport he loves, but now when he steps up to the plate,
“Baseball and MS. Finding a cure for MS,” said Dario.
The Rumble Ponies will be honoring Dario’s cause on June 1, wearing orange socks during their game. For more on Multiple Sclerosis and MS4MS, visit https://www.ms4ms.org/