LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 9, 2011) − Cincinnati Reds star outfielder Jay Bruce was a hit at the Kentucky Children's Hospital (KCH) on Jan. 28 when he and the Reds Mascot, Mr. Redlegs, visited patients and families.
"As parents, we couldn't be more thankful for the Reds' visit, said Jessica Woodard, mother of three-year-old KCH patient Kaitlyn Woodard."Truly, it helps these children to feel like they are important even though they are here. It just does so much for their hearts."
The visit to KCH was a part of the 2011 Reds Caravan. The Caravan, presented by CincinnatiUSA.com, made 15 fan stops in four states covering more than 2,600 miles over four days.
“Visiting the hospitals during our Reds Caravan is just as important as going to the fan stops,” said Michael Anderson, Reds public relations manager. “If we can help make them forget they’re sick for a minute by coming by to talk to them, it’s definitely worth it.”
This is the third year for the Reds Caravan to make a stop at KCH.
“Jay and Mr. Redlegs did an amazing job of making each child feel special," said Angela Clemens, associate major gift officer for KCH. "We are so grateful to the Reds Caravan for including all their little fans at Kentucky Children’s Hospital, who otherwise would not be able to see them.”
For more about the Reds Caravan, visit http://mlb.mlb.com/cin/fan_forum/caravan.jsp.
CONTACT: Julie Meador, (859) 323-6363 ext. 256 or Julie.Meador@uky.edu