Crush's Homers for Hearts Home Run Derby Gives Kids with Heart Conditions Hope for Healthy Childhoods and Big Dreams
BALTIMORE – Today, the Orioles’ Chris and Jill Davis will host the second annual “Crush’s Homers for Hearts,” a charity Home Run Derby event at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Participants enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in a Home Run Derby challenge in foursomes on the field at Oriole Park.
Additionally, the Davis family is hosting patients from UMCH for a longest ball T-ball challenge during which the children have the opportunity to hit off a tee with help from Davis to see who can hit the longest ball.
“Chris and Jill are generous of time and spirit, and we very much appreciate that commitment to our hospital,” said Steven J. Czinn, MD, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), and director of UMCH. “Their interaction with patients, families, staff and leadership, coupled with community-wide events like the Crush’s Homers for Hearts Home Run Derby, translates to bringing more awareness to the life-saving work being done at our hospital, and specifically the innovations at our Children’s Heart Program, which has seen tremendous growth and stellar patient outcomes.”
“We are proud to provide compassionate and comprehensive pediatric heart disease care for children from birth through adulthood, all in one hospital,” says Geoffrey Rosenthal, MD, professor of pediatrics and head of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at UMSOM and co-director of the Children's Heart Program. “Having this support translates into more Maryland children having healthy childhoods so they can dream big.”
Chris and Jill Davis serve as ambassadors for the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital at the University of Maryland Medical Center, helping to raise awareness for childhood illnesses and UMCH’s role as a leader in patient care, pediatric disease research, and teaching future generations of health care providers. In support of the partnership, which was announced in late 2016, the Davis family has also visited pediatric cancer patients at UMCH, and donated toys, promotional items, and supplies to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).