Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital patients take over Fifth Third Ballpark


♪ WEST MICHIGAN WHITECAPS ARE ALWAYS DOING SOME THING SPECIAL FOR FAMILY. TONIGHT IS ♪ A SPECIAL NIGHT AT THE BALLPARK. ♪ THIS IS OUR FOURTH ANNUAL KIDS CAN CONQUER NIGHT WERE KIDS FROM HELEN DEVOS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL COME OUT AND TAKE OVER THE BALLPARK AND DO EVERYTHING FROM THE PA ANNOUNCING TO THE COACHES AND MANAGERS. IT IS AWESOME. [INDISCERNIBLE] IT IS FUN BECAUSE IT IS ALL OVER THE PLACE SOMETIMES, AND I LIKE GETTING PEOPLE EXCITED. NORMALLY, NAOMI WILL BE RUNNING THE BALLPARK, SO IT IS ALL YOU. NAOMI: THANK YOU. ♪ I HAVE NEVER ACTUALLY BEEN TO A BASEBALL GAME, AND I AM EXCITED. I AM BRINGING SOME OF MY FRIENDS ANDE ARE GOING TO HAVE A GOOD TIME. IT IS A FUN, FUN NIGHT, AND FOR SOME KIDS, THE END OF A JOURNEY AND A WAY TO CELEBRATE AND BE OUT WITH YOUR FAMILY. SOMETHING REALLY NORMAL THAT MAYBE THE WEEKS OF BEING IN THE HOSPITAL CAP FROM HAPPENING — KEPT FROM HAPPENING. MY DAUGHTER WAS BEING TREATED FOR A SOFT TISSUE TUMOR FOR A LITTLE OVER A YEAR. SHE IS EXCITED AND SHE GOT TO RING THE BALLOT, SHE BEAT THE CANCER, AND WE ARE THRILLED. I AM EXCITED THAT I AM DONE WITH CANCER AND I GOT MY TUMOR OUT, AND THIS IS REALLY EXCITING FOR ME. ♪ WE SUPPORTED HELEN DEVOS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AND SPECIFICALLY THE KIDS THAT HAVE CANCER THERE WITH A FUN NIGHT OUT. THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS THAT THE BANK DOES, BUT THIS IS LIKE LIFE EMPOWERMENT. FOR THESE GUYS, IT IS THE BEST NIGHT THESE GUYS HAVE HAD FOR A LONG TIME. IT IS FUN AND YOU WILL SEE KIDS RUNNING AROUND ALL OVER THE PLACE JUST HAVING A BLAST. IT IS GREAT FOR THE COMMUNITY AND THE FAMILY AND SOMETHING WE REALLY LOVE DOING. THIS IS A CHANCE FOR HELEN DEVOS CHIREN’S HOSPITAL AND THE WHITECAPS TO COME TOGETHER AND DO SOMETHING REALLY SPECIAL FOR SOME KIDS WHO INSPIRE ALL OF US. ♪ GO WHITECAPS. IT IS SO GREAT TO SEE THE KIDS ENJOYING HOW MUCH FUN THEY HAVE AND FORGETTING ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THEIR REAL LIFE AND I LOVE IT, AND THE STAFF LOVES IT, TOO. SO THEY GET TO EXPERIENCE WHAT WE DO EVERY DAY. MARANDA: THIS IS BENJAMIN AND THIS IS TEAM BENJAMIN. TELL ME ABOUT THE TEAM, WHAT MADE YOU COME OUT? BENJAMIN SAID HE LOVES BASEBALL AND HE WANTED TO PLAY IT, AND THEY SAID BASEBALL TICKETS. MARANDA: AND YOU BROUGHT ALONG A FULL GANG. WE DID. MARANDA: SUPPORT IS A BIG PART OF YOUR STORY. WE HAVE HAD A LIVE SUPPORT, IT IS AMAZING. MARANDA: HOW LONG HAS BENJAMIN BEEN A PART OF THE HELEN DEVOS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FAMILY? [INDISCERNIBLE] TERRI: — MARANDA: AND WHAT WAS HIS JOURNEY? IT WAS A LONG FIRST TWO WEEKS THERE BUT IT HAS GOTTEN EASIER OVER THE MONTHS, AND NOW WE ARE GETTING AN EASIER BASE. MARANDA: DO YOU FEEL LIKE THE HELEN DEVOS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL GROUP SHOULD BE RIGHT HERE WITH TEAM BENJAMIN? OF COURSE. THEY ARE ALWAYS HERE FOR US. MARANDA: WHAT A SPECIAL NIGHT AT THE BALLPARK.

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