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Rady Children’s Patients to Participate in Spring Training Experience with San Diego Padres

March 8, 2019 – San Diego, CA – Twelve patients undergoing cancer treatment at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego will enjoy VIP treatment this weekend at the San Diego Padres’ spring training facility in Peoria, Arizona. This first-year program between Rady Children’s and the Padres is made possible through philanthropic support.

The all-access trip is designed to foster independence and provides many patients their first trip away from home. Activities include on-field access prior to Saturday’s Padres vs. Reds game, lots of downtime to connect with one another and opportunities to interact with Padres players, including first baseman Eric Hosmer. On Friday, March 8 at 9 a.m., before leaving San Diego, all patients will be “signed” to the team by Padres President of Business Operations, Erik Greupner. Greupner will be joined by Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation Senior Vice President and Executive Director Steve Jennings and Nick, a patient representative and avid athlete who will address attendees and media.

Caregivers will travel with patients to provide support as needed.

Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation would like to thank the following supporters:

  • Erik Greupner, President of Business Operations, Padres
  • Maddux Foundation
  • Trevor and Tracy Hoffman
  • Peckham family
  • Melissa and Eliot Horowitz
  • Link Revenue Resources
  • Konica Minolta

Media Contact: Carlos Delgado
Office: 858-966-4901

About Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego:

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is a 524-bed pediatric care facility providing the largest source of comprehensive pediatric medical services in San Diego, southern Riverside and Imperial counties. Rady Children’s is the only hospital in the San Diego area dedicated exclusively to pediatric healthcare and is the region’s only designated pediatric trauma center. In June 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked Rady Children’s among the best children’s hospitals in the nation in all ten pediatric specialties the magazine surveyed. Rady Children’s is a nonprofit organization that relies on donations to support its mission. For more information, visit and find us on FacebookTwitter and Vimeo.