Dayton Dragons and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield team up for "Home Run for Life"
06-03-2013 (Dayton, OH) -
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the Dayton Dragons will host ten-year-old Ginger Osenbaugh during the unique “Home Run for Life” program on Wednesday, June 12, at 7 p.m. when the Dayton Dragons take on the Bowling Green Hot Rods at Fifth Third Field.
The Anthem Home Run for Life program provides children in the Dayton region a once-in-a-lifetime experience as they battle serious medical conditions. Each honoree gets to take a symbolic home run lap around the bases of Fifth Third Field during a sold-out Dragons home game while the crowd provides a standing ovation.
Ten-year-old Ginger Osenbaugh is a fifth grader at Montessori School of Dayton. She enjoys climbing trees, swimming and hanging out with her friends. One of her biggest passions in life is dancing, but unfortunately that part of Ginger’s life was recently put on hold.
One morning in September 2012, Ginger had an extremely sore throat and fever, and was very weak. Initially, doctors tested her for strep throat, then thought it might be a virus. Eventually, blood work results showed that Ginger had an abnormally low white blood cell count. In less than a week, Ginger was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).
ALL is a form of leukemia, or cancer of the white blood cells, characterized by excess lymphoblasts. Malignant, immature white blood cells continuously multiply and are overproduced in the bone marrow. This form of cancer causes damage by crowding out normal cells in the bone marrow, and by spreading to other organs. Fortunately, Ginger was diagnosed early and is currently in remission.
Ginger routinely gets chemo, takes steroids and receives spinal taps. She has a 26-month program to complete to ensure she’s 100% cured. “I was scared when I first found out about having cancer. Going to the doctor isn’t fun,” Ginger said. “But the doctor said it’s highly curable. One day I’d like to be a nurse and help kids that have cancer like me.”
Throughout her journey, Ginger’s family and friends have been extremely supportive. Her illness has definitely changed the way she sees herself. “It’s made me a better person,” Ginger said. “I’m more compassionate for others and can sympathize with them.”
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the Dayton Dragons applaud all those who have been instrumental in Ginger’s life, including her parents Cory and Carmen, her primary care nurse Kari Roberts, her specialist Dr. Dole, and the entire medical team at Children’s Medical Center. Please join us in cheering on Ginger as she completes her Home Run for Life at Fifth Third Field on June 12.
More Information: The Dayton Dragons are the Midwest League affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds and play a 70-game home schedule at beautiful Fifth Third Field in downtown Dayton, easily accessible from Interstate 75. Individuals and groups seeking information about Dayton Dragons group tickets, lawn tickets, the season ticket wait list, sponsorship opportunities or booking a Dragons speaker are encouraged to contact the Dragons by calling (937) 228-2287, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on the web at daytondragons.com
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