Kids Head to AZ for Spring Training

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Health

Advocate Children’s Hospital, American Airlines, and the Chicago Cubs partnered to send nine courageous, local children and their families on an unforgettable trip to Cubs’ Spring Training in Mesa, Arizona. Together, the partners sponsored an all-expense paid trip to go behind-the-scenes with their favorite Cubs players. Two of children included 10 year-old Peyton of Homer Glen, IL and 9 year-old Daniel of Elmwood Park.

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Peyton has struggled with health issues since birth. She’s had two open heart surgeries and five heart procedures, which started at the age of nine months. Just recently she had a pacemaker replaced. Peyton also suffers from migraines. We asked mom if Peyton and her family were Cubs fans. She sent these pictures of Peyton. Needless to say, they are excited.

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Health

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Nine-year-old Daniel, of Elmwood Park, who is a child with Down syndrome, has been hospitalized multiple times for chronic respiratory problems since he was eighteen months old. His immune system is compromised. In 2016 Daniel spent forty-eight days at Advocate Children’s Hospital after sinus surgery. The chance to go to Spring Training is a dream come true for Daniel, an avid Cubs fan.

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