Baystate and Red Sox raise awareness of pediatric cancer

Cancer patients, doctors, nurses and baseball players formed human chain around the outfield

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – It was an amazing opportunity on Friday for some pediatric cancer patients from Baystate Children’s Hospital.

Sixteen pediatric cancer patients, their families, nurses and doctors joined the Boston Red Sox to create a human chain around the outfield to raise awareness about pediatric cancer.

22News caught up with the kids as they loaded onto buses bound for Fenway Thursday afternoon. Galen Platt told us why he was so excited about Friday night’s game. “I’ve never even been to a Major League Baseball game,” he said. “I’m really excited.”

Galen’s mom, Linda Jean Ervin added that, “It’s just the greatest thing: recognition for the children at Baystate who are going through treatment and for children all over going through treatment. It’s a great thing.”

Southwick mother Laura Morris brought her daughter Morgan to Fenway. Morgan received all of her care at Baystate Children’s Hospital, and has been cancer free for 5 years. Laura said, “She was out there doing cartwheels on the grass. To be able to show the world that she’s got life and spirit. That cancer doesn’t take kids down. They have a lot of fight in them.”

The pediatric cancer patients from western Massachusetts joined kids from other hospitals around the state. This is the second year Baystate Children’s Hospital has teamed up with the Boston Red Sox to raise awareness for pediatric cancer.

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