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Published on September 23, 2016

Barbara Gruner, MD, with patient

Children’s Hospital Teams Up with MU Tigers, VA to Offer Young Patients Day of Fun

University of Missouri Children’s Hospital will provide young cancer and sickle cell patients a respite from diagnosis and treatment with a pregame tailgate party and admission to an MU Tigers football game Saturday, Sept. 24.

The 16th annual event, a part of Childhood Cancer and Sickle Cell Awareness Month, will begin at 1 p.m. with a tailgate party in parking lot C at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital. Pediatric and adolescent cancer and sickle cell patients from Children’s Hospital, and their families, will enjoy games and other activities, along with free food and drinks. Each attendee will receive a complimentary T-shirt. Following the tailgate, participants will see the MU Tigers take on Delaware State at Faurot Field. Game day tickets will be provided by the MU Athletic Department.

“This is an event we all look forward to because it allows our patients and their families an opportunity to enjoy an activity with others who are going through the same thing,” said Barbara Gruner, MD, an associate professor of child health at the MU School of Medicine and medical director of the Children’s Blood Disorders and Cancer Unit at Children’s Hospital. “It gives all of us an opportunity to bond in an environment that isn’t defined by disease.”

“This event is inclusive for not only our pediatric oncology and sickle cell patients, but their families and our Children’s Hospital family, too,” said LeAnn Reeder, a child life specialist at Children’s Hospital. “We all get to spend a fun time together.”