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Take Me Out to the Ballgame

There is something about a baseball game – the roar of the crowd, the smell of the nachos and hot dogs, the sound of the PA system reciting each player’s batting song, that makes going to a game a special event. Our patient, Leon Calvin, was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and lived only a few blocks away from Busch Stadium, but had never been to a game. After Lori Schmoll, Volunteer Services Coordinator, spent time with Calvin and learned about his favorite team, she knew she needed to try to have Leon attend his first game. Seasons Home Health Aide, Tina Kamyk donated two tickets that she had for the Cardinals game to Leon and his brother. Now that Lori had two tickets for Leon and his brother to go to the game, she wanted to make the experience even more memorable for them. She reached out to the Seasons Hospice Foundation who graciously donated two Cardinal’s t-shirts for Leon and his brother to wear as well as a gift card to the stadium to cover hot dogs and soda pop.

Two days before the game, Leon was not feeling well and his pain was hard to control. The Seasons team helped to make him comfortable, but it was the excitement of the upcoming baseball game that kept a smile on his face. On the day of the game, the Seasons team made sure to dress him in his Cardinal’s t-shirt and administered his pain medication to manage his symptoms. It was a whole team effort to get Leon to the game.

Leon was able to fulfill his lifelong dream of attending a Cardinal’s game two weeks before he passed away. The Cardinals may have lost that day to the Colorado Rockies, but the St. Louis team hit it out of the park of making Leon’s wish come true.