Friday, January 7, 2011

Big heart, big smile, Big Papi

A HEARTFELT VISIT: MGHfC patient Josue Canales Garcia, age 11, with his mother Cecilia, was thrilled to meet Ortiz













With his trademark big smile and holiday teddy bears in tow, “Big Papi” David Ortiz visited the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) pediatric floor on Ellison 18 on Dec. 22 accompanied by Santa Claus. The Red Sox slugger’s visit was made under the auspices of the “Teddy Bear Tea,” an annual holiday event organized by the Four Seasons Hotel Boston. 

“David’s big heart and warmth energized our young patients during the holiday season,” says Katelyn Quynn, MGH deputy chief development officer. “His presence meant the world to them, and we are grateful for the time and effort he devotes to our hospital and our patients.”

Last month, Ortiz had hosted his 3rd Annual David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Tournament at Cap Cana, Dominican Republic, from Dec. 2 through 5. The event benefited the David Ortiz Children’s Fund, which provides critical pediatric services to children in New England and the Dominican Republic. MGHfC is a partner with the fund, and the hospital was represented at the tournament by Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president; Denis Bustin, MGH Development senior managing director; and Quynn. Slavin was paired in a foursome with Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, and the group took second place in the tournament.

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