Mitchell Boggs, a relief pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals who hails from Dalton, Ga., visited patients at the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger Monday afternoon.
Boggs has been with the Cardinals since 2008 and is a member of the team that won the 2011 World Series.
Boggs handed out signed photos and baseballs to the patients and talked about sports teams while he was there. Some of the children even tried on Boggs’ World Series ring.
“I hope I was able to lift some of the patients’ spirits,” Boggs said in a prepared statement. “I believe they helped me as much as I helped them. I also want to get the word out about how important Children’s Hospital is to these patients and the community.”
Boggs’ visit to the Children’s Hospital was made possible by the Christian Bryant Foundation. Christian Bryant was a star athlete and student at Girls Preparatory School who died from cancer six months ago. She was in the hospital for 115 days, and her mother, Robyn Bryant, began the foundation to provide support and funding for Children’s Hospital as a way to thank those who dedicated their time and skills to Christian.
“Christian touched so many lives, and this place meant so much to her,” Boggs said. “The foundation will do great things through her legacy and what she stood for.”