MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach, in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, brought awareness to Angels fans and surrounding communities.
“Each year, more than 11,000 children under the age of 15 are diagnosed with cancer in the U.S.,” said John Bishop, CEO, Miller Children’s & Women’s. “Treating children is very different than treating adults. When it comes to cancer and blood disorders, this is especially true. Our distinguished Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute is staffed by multi-disciplinary pediatric experts who exclusively treat children.”
Angels Baseball hosted three young patients and their families for batting practice viewing and meet-and-greets with the players. In support of the cause, Angels Baseball also made a $20,000 donation to the Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach Foundation to further their treatment of pediatric cancer. The check was presented during a pre-game ceremony.
“Angels Baseball is humbled to support the work of the dedicated doctors and clinicians at Miller Children’s & Women’s,” said Angels Chairman, Dennis Kuhl. “We are honored for the opportunity to bring joy to these young patients and their families with an unmatched experience at Angel Stadium.”
Flames of Hope
The Angels donation coincided with a Miller Children’s & Women’s initiative called the Flames of Hope Project. The project provides community members with the opportunity to support pediatric cancer patients and their families. People who attend the game, and Angels players, were invited to sign their own Flame of Hope for children battling cancer.
“September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month,” says Dr. Jacqueline Casillas, Medical Director of the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute. “We are devoted to providing our patients, and their families, with state-of-the-art cancer care including access to clinical trials and targeted therapies. We also provide multidisciplinary care that supports the whole child facing a life-threatening blood or cancer diagnosis including critically needed emotional and educational support. The community can help by sending their own Flames of Hope message.”