For Dana-Farber Cancer Institute patients, David Ortiz is more than just a baseball hero. He is a man who cares about those he reaches out to even when the cameras and microphones are nowhere in sight.
Eric Critchley did not achieve his childhood dream of making the Boston Red Sox, but recently he got to play on the very same diamond the Red Sox call home – hitting and fielding in honor of his late son, Tucker.
As part of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the partnership between the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund during the home opener, the Jimmy Fund Chorus — comprised of more than 150 staff, former and current adult and pediatric patients, and their family members — assembled in the Fenway outfield for their major league debut.
Six members of the 2004 World Series champion Red Sox — pitchers Pedro Martinez, Tim Wakefield, and Keith Foulke, catcher Jason Varitek, outfielder Adam Hyzdu, and coach Brad Mills — made a surprise visit to Dana-Farber on September 24, 2012. The players chatted and posed for photographs with pediatric patients and their families in the Jimmy Fund Clinic, and with adult patients and their loved ones getting treatment in the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care.
The Boston Red Sox may not have ended the 2012 season at the top of the standings, but they remain a source of joy for Dana-Farber patients of all ages — even Yankees fans. Players and team mascot Wally the Green Monster, visited pediatric patients in the Jimmy Fund Clinic and adult patients in the Yawkey 10 infusion area.