The Kansas City Royals v the Texas Rangers at Kauffman Stadium
July 26, 2009, in Kansas City, Missouri
As part of Team Sarcoma, the International Sarcoma Awareness Week, the Kansas City Royals teamed with outfielder David DeJesus and Mid America Team Sarcoma to host over 200 patients, survivors and caregivers who have been affected by the rare cancer. Sarcoma supporters pushed that number to 273.
Prior to the game sarcoma patients participated in a meet & greet session with DeJesus, who lost a young family member to the disease in 2008. Patients attending the festivities ranged in age from under 10 to 101. 101 year old Merle McCready, a huge fan of DeJesus was thrilled to meet her favorite KC Royal. McCready was diagnosed with sarcoma just before her 100th birthday.
Young patients from the Mid America Sarcoma Institute participated in the Royals Honorary Lineup. First Pitch honors were accorded to sarcoma survivors Trey Jordan and Zach Green. The Honorary Lineup also included survivors Tyler Bartlett, Katie Drydale, Mark Nichols, Kori Quinn and Nathan Schaber. Introduced on CrownVision, the largest screen in the US, alongside Royals players, the Honorary Lineup took the field with the team for the National Anthem. Joining the on-field activities were Dr. Howard Rosenthal, MD and Melissa Lewis Herlein, RN of the Mid America Sarcoma Institute.
The Team Sarcoma logo was featured on CrownVision, while the sarcoma facts sheet was read to a crowd of over 16,847 fans and information was distributed to the public at the Royals community Booth. Mid America Team Sarcoma is sponsored by Menorah Medical Center and the Mid America Sarcoma Institute.
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