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Houston Baseball Visits Texas Children’s Hospital

HOUSTON – Members of the University of Houston baseball team took a trip across town to spend time with patients at Texas Children’s Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

The team spent more than two hours at the hospital visiting with patients, which is something they do on a routine basis.

“I had a great time today at Texas Children’s Hospital,” freshman Chase Wellbrock said. “Seeing the little kids and interacting with them was amazing. I laughed and joked with them and talked about their plans for Christmas.”

“They brightened our day just as much as we brightened theirs. It was a great experience for the team because it gives us someone to play for every time we step on the field. I’m really glad we got to see all of them. I hope they get better soon and have a great Christmas.”

The team became involved with Texas Children’s Hospital in 2007 when sophomore David Murphy was diagnosed with acute lymphoid leukemia in September of that year. Since his diagnosis, Murphy has been receiving treatment for his illness and is in remission. His final treatment is scheduled for January 2011. The baseball team has routinely made visits the hospital and patients since Murphy’s diagnosis.

“Going to Texas Children’s Hospital and knowing I can make those kids’ day better by interacting with them makes my day,” sophomore M.P. Cokinos said.

“Seeing them smile is probably one of the most wonderful experiences I’ve ever been through. The kids really define the proper view of life that I try to model my perspective on everyday. Ultimately, they are my heroes.”

The Cougars are currently holding off-season workouts in preparation for the 2011 season. Houston kicks off the year with a three-game series against Texas-Arlington on Feb. 18-20.