News Release

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Contact: Ridgely Ingersoll, (757) 668-9087, Email: ringerso@chkd.org

Major League Baseball Player David Wright Visits CHKD

New York Mets Star brought gifts to children Christmas Eve

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.— New York Mets third baseman David Wright gave Santa a big assist on Christmas Eve, bringing toys and smiles to children fighting cancer and a host of other illnesses at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia.

Dr. Finch watched TCU patient Jerziah Moore communicate with David Wright via a special computer he controls by blinking his eyes.
Dr. Finch watched TCU patient Jerziah Moore communicate with David Wright via a special computer he controls by blinking his eyes.

Dressed in red and white, Wright spent two hours delivering gifts to CHKD patients on December 24. “He brought four carloads of toys with him,” said CHKD executive medical director Dr. Albert Finch. “He was incredibly generous, bringing gifts for children of all ages and making sure to select the perfect gift for each child. And he was just as generous with his time as he made his way from room to room. Not only that,” Dr. Finch continued, “but he brought close friends and family with him to share the experience of making a truly special day for hospitalized children on Christmas eve. It was quite touching for everyone associated with CHKD.”

David Wright brought cancer patient Russell Nygaard a video game.
David Wright brought cancer patient Russell Nygaard a video game.

Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters serves the medical and surgical needs of children from Wright’s hometown of Chesapeake, Virginia, and the surrounding areas of Southeastern Virginia, Northeastern North Carolina and Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The not-for-profit hospital was founded in 1961 and last year handled approximately 6,100 inpatient admissions and 200,000 outpatient specialty, surgical and emergency room visits, addressing routine and complex illnesses, injuries and chronic conditions.