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Major League Matchup

Nine-year-old Nick Rychcik of Ballston Spa went on a shopping spree with four-time World Series champion Bernie Williams of the New York Yankees at the Walmart Supercenter in Glenmont earlier this month.

The event was part of a program called “Shop with a MLB Player,” sponsored by PepsiCo. Rychcik, a childhood cancer patient at Albany Med’s Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders and a huge baseball fan, was given two $100 gift cards, one from PepsiCo and the other from an anonymous donor. He and the legendary center fielder rode bikes around the store and checked out video games.

Later, PepsiCo presented a check to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a portion of which will support programs at the Melodies Center, which is part of the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center.