Yankee Brett Gardner Reunites With "Good Luck Charm" Transplant Patient Weeks After Historic Home Run

Article ID: 553292

Released: 11-Jun-2009 12:45 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital (CHONY)

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WHO: Brett Gardner, New York Yankees centerfielderAlyssa, heart transplant recipient and familyDr. Herbert Pardes, president and CEO, NewYork-Presbyterian HospitalDr. Linda Addonizio, medical director, pediatric cardiac transplant program atNewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's HospitalDr. Jan Quaegebeur, director pediatric cardiac surgeryNewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's HospitalJoseph Weilgus, founder, Project Sunshine

WHEN:Friday, June 12, 2009, 12:00p.m.

WHERE:NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital3959 Broadway, West 165th Street, 1st Floor

Newswise — NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital reunites New York Yankees centerfielder Brett Gardner with heart-transplant-recipient Alyssa weeks after his record-setting home run. The two first met on May 15, during an event at the Hospital organized by Project Sunshine, a nonprofit organization whose volunteers visit children facing medical challenges. Alyssa, an 18-year-old patient, who had been waiting 107 days for her transplant, gave Gardner a bracelet, telling him that if he held onto it, he would hit a home run. Several hours later, Gardner hit the first inside-the-park home run by a Yankees player in nearly ten years. Following the game, Gardner recounted his earlier visit to the Hospital and attributed his home run to the patient and his lucky bracelet. The very next morning Alyssa received a successful, lifesaving heart transplant at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. On June 12, Alyssa, joined by family and friends, will reunite with Brett in order to share their memorable experience.

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