LONG BEACH, CA, September 9—MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach, in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, is bringing 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 of 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 will host three young patients and their families for batting practice viewing and meet-and-greets with the players. In support of the cause, Angels Baseball is making a donation to the Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach Foundation to further their treatment of pediatric cancer. The check will be 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 coincides 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 Monday night game are 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.”
To participate, community members can visit millerchildrens.org/FlamesofHope and download the Flames of Hope Project form, write a message on the form and then send it to the hospital. Each message will be posted on the Flames of Hope Project wall at Miller Children’s & Women’s for patients, families, care team members and visitors to see.
About the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute
The Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute is a leader in expert comprehensive cancer care. Board-certified pediatric hematologists/oncologists, in partnership with Mattel Children’s UCLA, are available 24/7, along with other integrated experts, to provide comprehensive, family centered care to children with cancer. In addition to delivering a wide range of highly regarded programs to treat pediatric cancers and blood disorders, including leukemia and lymphoma, soft tissue and bone tumors, brain tumors, hematology and sickle cell, the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute also provides patients with psychosocial support such as art therapy programs, music therapy, school reintegration programs and palliative care. In addition, the Institute offers several parent and sibling support groups.
About MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach
Miller Children’s & Women’s is dedicated exclusively to the quality and compassionate care of kids and expectant moms. It is one of only eight free-standing children’s hospitals in California. Miller Children’s & Women’s is a not-for-profit, pediatric teaching hospital that treats more than 8,000 children each year and has become a regional pediatric destination for more than 65,000 children, who need specialized care in the outpatient specialty and satellite centers.
About Angels Baseball
The Los Angeles Angels joined Major League Baseball as an expansion team in 1961 and have since gone on to win nine American League Western Division Championships, host three All-Star games and capture the 2002 World Series Championship. Over its 58-year history, the franchise also boasts four MVP’s, two Cy Young winners, three Rookie of the Year winners, 39 Rawlings Gold Glove winners and 155 All-Stars. Visit the Angels online at www.Angels.com, follow on Twitter @Angels and like on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Angels. For media information, visit angelspressbox.com