Previous Article Next Article

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

Released: 11-Jun-2009 12:45 PM EDT
Source Newsroom: NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
Add to Favorites
Contact Information

Available for logged-in reporters only

Brett Gardner, New York Yankees centerfielder
Alyssa, heart transplant recipient and family
Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and CEO, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Dr. Linda Addonizio, medical director, pediatric cardiac transplant program at
NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
Dr. Jan Quaegebeur, director pediatric cardiac surgery
NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
Joseph Weilgus, founder, Project Sunshine

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

NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
3959 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.

Office of Public Affairs
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
627 West 165th Street
New York, NY 10032

tel: 212.305.5587
fax: 212.305.8023

Promote your organization’s experts with Expert Pitch.
Reporters: follow @Expert_Pitch to receive instant updates via Twitter
Looking for a different expert? Reporters can submit an
Expert Query.