Cancer Center patients get up-close look at World Series trophy

July 24, 2018

Patients with Texas Children’s Cancer Center recently enjoyed a close-up look at the Houston Astros Commissioner’s Trophy during an event hosted by the baseball team and the Sunshine Kids Foundation in the Cancer Clinic on the 14th Floor of Wallace Tower.

Die-hard Astros fans and baseball enthusiasts alike joined in on the fun and beamed at the 24-inch tall, 30-pound, sterling silver trophy awarded by the Commission of Baseball to the Major League Baseball team that wins the World Series.

“Wow!” said 9-year-old Astros fan and Cancer Center patient Grant Pace. “This is so cool.”

In addition to getting their pictures taken with the trophy, patients received a goodie bag from the Astros and got the opportunity to meet Orbit, the baseball team’s mascot. Patients also participated in various crafts, including making a frame for their pictures with the trophy.

Jennifer Wisler, director of children’s services with the Sunshine Foundation, said the event was a way to distract patients and families from what can be very trying times when they come to the hospital for a visit.

“We are happy to make what might be the chance of a lifetime happen for so many patients and their families,” she said. “We aim to put smiles on children’s faces and there are a lot of smiles here today.”

Bobby Trefzger, the trophy coordinator for the Astros, said events like these mean a lot to the Astros. “It’s amazing to see the smiles on people’s faces, especially the faces of children like these,” he said.

For more information on the Sunshine Kids Foundation, click here.