Meeting a “star” is something every child dreams about. Well, many children’s dreams came true recently when New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto visited with dozens of youngsters and their families at The Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at NYU Winthrop Hospital, as well as in the Hospital’s Children’s Medical Center. The visit was part of Conforto Cares, a program established by the player to raise awareness about pediatric cancer and the challenges faced by young patients.
Mets outfielder Michael Conforto enjoyed practicing his swing while playing a video game with (l.-r.) Vincent Lodato, Sal Trotta, and Vincent Trotta during his recent visit to the Cancer Center for Kids at NYU Winthrop.
Staff, patients, and family members alike were all smiles as Conforto distributed Mets t-shirts, handed out pop-up replicas of the Mets home-run apple, autographed photos, and visited with them. Conforto expressed genuine inter est and concern for all those he met, some of whom he had hosted at Citi Field in earlier weeks as part of the Conforto Cares program; Conforto had wanted to do more—he wanted to come and see where the youngsters were receiving treatment and spread sunshine and hope. Indeed, he did spread sunshine. In fact, some children even got to practice their swings with the player while playing video games with him in the CCFK.
“I hope to inspire these young patients to stay determined,” said Conforto. “It’s a privilege to help these children forget about the rigors of their treatments and just enjoy being kids.”