I live in many worlds. This week we get to focus on the baseball world, which is one of my favorite things. Last night baseball joined up with raising awareness about health issues and specifically targeted UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, another world we inhabit. Worlds collided in a great way.
'I know Maggie has a couple of fans in Michigan, but I have to tell you something. We LOVED Game 1. I post of picture of Maggie in her panda hat and the Panda hits not 1, not 2, but THREE home runs! She is officially a lucky charm now.
I thought one of the most moving parts of the game was everyone hold up signs for Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) Everyone in the stadium, the umpires, players, coaches and fans were invited to stand up and hold up a card bearing the name of someone with cancer.
It was a great moment and demonstrated how many people are touched by cancer. The cards had the names of different people or words like "my dad", which was touching. As they panned through the crowd I saw one guy holding up a sign that honored "all my friends at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital." That made me smile because I see those kids all the time and they definitely deserve recognition and honor.
Major League Baseball (MLB) is really behind this cause. The banner waving was great and drew a lot of attention, but they do more than that. According to the clip below, MLB has donated millions of dollars to fight cancer and I know for a fact that the Giants players are very involved with the kids at UCSF. I have seen them in the hallways and see the GIANT smiles on the kids after the visits.
The current Giants player have been a little tied up the past few weeks, so the Giants sent some of their former stars up to the hospital yesterday to visit the kids. Vida Blue and Bill Laskey, and of course the Giants mascot Lou Seal were a big hit with the kids. As Kim Scurr says in the video , these visits and other things that help normalize the world for a child in the hospital are as important as the medical treatments the hospital provides.
check it out. this short video. You can see some of the smiles for yourself. http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=25445763
It's good when worlds collide.