LONG BEACH, CA – On Tuesday, July 19, two lucky patients of MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach were invited to the 2022 All-Star Game thanks to Angels Baseball, Shohei Ohtani and Major League Baseball. Benicio, 7, was accompanied by his father, Jose, and Noe, 15, was accompanied by his older brother, Gerardo. Thanks to the Angels’ partnership with MemorialCare, the two families were able to sit at field level and witness their favorite players from around the world face off in one of the biggest baseball events of the year.
Benicio was very excited to go as he saw his first game at eight months old, grew up with the sport and has loved baseball ever since. In 2019, Benicio’s parents brought him to MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s when they noticed he had some developmental issues. After meeting with Gary Feldman, MDmedical director of Stramski Child Development Center at MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s, he was diagnosed with and continues to receive care for Level II Autism Spectrum Disorder, Delayed Social Skills, Sensory Integration Disorder, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. As part of his care, Benicio also attends weekly group therapy sessions via Zoom with Stephanie Davis, a speech therapist, to work on his perspective-taking and communication skills.
“This was an amazing opportunity and I am so proud of how far Benicio has come,” says Jose. “I was ready to help him if he was overstimulated during the game, but he had very few experiences of sensory overload, thanks to the help of the Stramski Center!”
Gerardo was very excited for Noe to go since this was his first baseball game. At birth, Noe was diagnosed with Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (CPD), which affects his ability to fight respiratory infections, especially at a young age. Since she was 6 months old, Noe has been cared for Miller Children’s & Women’s Children’s Pulmonary Institutewhich has the only multispecialty clinic dedicated to DCP in Southern California and one of only four in the western United States.
“Both my brother and I are very grateful to the Angels for these seats,” says Noe. “The All-Star Game only happens once a year and being so close to the field and the players is an incredible experience that we will never forget.”
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