Crush's Homers for Hearts Home Run Derby Gives Kids with Heart Conditions Hope for Healthy Childhoods and Big Dreams

For Immediate Release May 14, 2018

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Oriole Chris Davis with kids from the Homers for Hearts program

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.

Proceeds from the event will again benefit the Children’s Heart Program of the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital (UMCH) at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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.”

“Here at the University of Maryland, I am currently leading a clinical trial that uses stem cells to treat babies with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a severe form of congenital heart disease,” said Sunjay Kaushal, MD, PhD, associate professor of surgery at UMSOM, director of pediatric and adult congenital surgery at UMMC and co-director of the Children’s Heart Program. “With the treatment currently available, some of these children do well, and some don’t and suffer from heart failure. Our hope is to change the outcomes for these babies so they can all thrive and do all the things children love to do. It is because of the support we receive for the Children’s Heart Program that this work is possible.”

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).

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