Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children's Hospital, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Your donation is benefiting the Oncology Department of Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children's Hospital.
MIBG therapy (metaiodobenzylguanidine)
MIBG is a type of radiation therapy used to treat high-risk neuroblastoma, a pediatric cancer. Currently, only 13 hospitals around the country provide this therapy. MIBG therapy requires the addition of a special lead-lined room that protects patients and staff, as well as an anteroom where parents can stay to help with the care of their child and be in close proximity throughout the therapy. The medical team anticipates an increased demand for pediatric hospitals to provide MIBG therapy in 9 to 12 months.
Through your generous donation, the Oncology Department at St. Louis Children's Hospital hopes to be able to provide this treatment to fight pediatric cancer.
To our fellow teammates, our amazingly generous sponsors, donors, umpires, volunteers and to our family and friends.
Let me introduce you to Veatrice. Recently, two of our players, Chuck Williams and JC Rudden, had the opportunity to visit St. Louis Children's Hospital to see what we have been working on for all these months leading up to our game next week. The staff allowed us to visit the actual room with 8-inch-thick lead lines walls, ceiling, and floor. They explained how excited they were about the room, and how it DOUBLES the chances of survival for the kids. Most important of all, they are already expecting their first patient shortly after our baseball game.
As we were leaving the room, this little angel comes hustling down the hallway to show her Mom the "googly eyes." Someone had stuck googly eyes on the animals on a mural on the wall and Veatrice was excited to show her Mom. She was so sweet and playful with tons of energy and an unforgettable, infectious smile. Her Mom told us Veatrice just finished a round of chemotherapy and had to cut off the remainder of her hair. You couldn’t tell based upon her positive attitude.
We proceeded to the rooftop garden at Children's where she ran around playing tag, searching for turtles, and stopping briefly and frequently to kiss her Mom.
In short, I met the strongest little lady in the world that day. Veatrice lifted us on her shoulders and lifted our hearts to remind us why we do these events. Sometimes we need a reminder that YOUR support has real-life results.
Thank you Veatrice for your strength and for being that reminder of why we do what we do. Thank you to everyone for your continued support. We are forever grateful.
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