Washington Nationals Players Visit Young Patients Battling Cancer and Other Serious Illness at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

The hematology/oncology clinic for children at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital was transformed into a winter wonderland for a festive holiday party with Washington Nationals Baseball players today. Nationals pitcher Ross Detwiler, outfielder Denard Span and even the mascot Screech delivered holiday cheer as part of the Nats “Week of Giving” throughout the D.C. area.

December 10, 2013

The hematology/oncology clinic for children at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital was transformed into a winter wonderland for a festive holiday party with Washington Nationals Baseball players today. Nationals pitcher Ross Detwiler, outfielder Denard Span and even the mascot Screech delivered holiday cheer as part of the Nats “Week of Giving” throughout the D.C. area.

Tracy’s Kids, which provides art therapy for children who are inpatients and outpatients at MedStar Georgetown, led the assembly of a gingerbread Nationals stadium. Kids worked side by side with Detwiler and Span gluing seats and scoreboards with brightly colored icing.

With the help of the Hope for Henry Foundation, activities during the visit also included holiday themed arts and crafts, decorating cookies and ornaments and making snow globes with pictures of the players. Mollie Darby, whose son Ryan Darby participated in the event said, “Ryan’s a huge baseball fan. This is the best early Christmas present.”

While the Georgetown Chimes a cappella group sang festive songs and the players signed autographs, 13-year-old RyAnn Watson said the best part of the event was just talking with the Nationals players.

“Talking with the players and decorating cookies makes me feel very special. They don’t know me, but taking the time and effort to visit makes me feel better,” said Watson.

About MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute-care teaching and research hospital with 609 beds located in Northwest Washington, D.C. Founded in the Jesuit principle of cura personalis—caring for the whole person—MedStar Georgetown is committed to offering a variety of innovative diagnostic and treatment options within a trusting and compassionate environment.

MedStar Georgetown’s centers of excellence include neurosciences, transplant, cancer and gastroenterology. Along with Magnet® nurses, internationally recognized physicians, advanced research and cutting-edge technologies, MedStar Georgetown’s healthcare professionals have a reputation for medical excellence and leadership. MedStar Georgetown University Hospital—Knowledge and Compassion Focused on You.

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for the families of Maryland and the Washington, D.C. region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, multiple ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for quality and service excellence. MedStar, the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, trains 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

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