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Giants Greats Bring Piece of World Series to Patients at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

By Juliana Bunim, UCSF Today | October 28, 2010

Giants fever came to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital today (Oct. 27) when San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry, Giants legend Vida Blue and mascot Lou Seal visited patients battling cancer.

The Giants, Major League Baseball and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) teamed up for the morning visit to the oncology unit at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

"I'm flattered to even be asked to be here to help brighten these kids' day and bring some joy to their lives," said Blue, a former Cy Young and MVP award winner. "Hopefully, we made a difference, just for today. When it affects kids, it really brings it home."

Robert Goldsby, MD, associate professor in the department of pediatrics, accompanied Blue, Perry and Lou Seal to visit 12 pediatric patients ages 3 to 27 while they signed baseball hats, shirts and World Series books.

"At the last time the Giants won the World Series (1954) childhood cancer was uniformly fatal," said Goldsby. "Now treating childhood cancer is a triumph of modern medicine. Over the past 50 years, the treatment has gotten better and better and now 75 percent of children diagnosed are cured of the disease. But in order to get there, they must endure a series of intense treatments like chemo, radiation and surgery. ...To have this diversion brings a part of the World Series to them and really helps them get through it."

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