Former Angels First Baseman Wally Joyner’s Annual Golf Classic Supports Miller Children’s Hospital
2012-10-31 · By Editor
For nearly a decade, former Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim first baseman, Wally Joyner, has been dedicated to supporting Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach by hosting an annual golf tournament. Joyner gets 100 friends and former players including Tim Salmon, Fred Lynn, Jim Edmonds and Trevor Hoffman to participate in the tournament.
Joyner was first touched by Miller Children’s when he was introduced to Mel Marks, M.D., former chief administrative officer, Miller Children’s, a few years after he created The Wally Joyner & Friends Golf Classic. Joyner has since partnered with Miller Children’s for eight consecutive years. In more recent years, the proceeds from the tournaments were instrumental in building a new state-of-the-art pediatric cancer unit for the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center (JJCCC) at Miller Children’s, including two isolation rooms on the third floor that are named after Joyner.
Now that the unit is up and running, this year’s proceeds will support the expansion of psychosocial programs and research efforts at JJCCC. Psychosocial programs at Miller Children’s like art therapy, music therapy and school reintegration ensure that patients and families learn to cope with physical and emotional aspects of childhood cancer and serious blood disorders. These psychosocial programs are supported by an experienced team of social workers, psychologists and child life specialists, who are dedicated solely to young patients with cancer and blood disorders.
“Parents have to focus on the child and their family, and the psychosocial programs of JJCCC help parents to do just that,” says Amanda Termuhlen, M.D., medical director, Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center, Miller Children’s. “Our programs bring comfort, regularity and interaction, within a safe environment, to children and their families.”
JJCCC is involved in various research programs focusing on psychosocial issues, as well as blood disorders, cancers and long-term survival. It’s nationally recognized psychosocial research program is designed to increase understanding of the needs of young people with cancer, sickle cell disease and other blood disorders. Research results are published and shared with other cancer centers and children’s hospitals locally, nationally and globally to improve medical and supportive care for children, teenagers and families.
The Wally Joyner & Friends Golf Classic will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 9 a.m. at the Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Coast, Calif. More than 100 of Joyner’s friend’s and former and current major league baseball players will gather to participate in the event.
In addition to hosting the tournament, Joyner often visits JJCCC patients and their families. Before the tournament, on Nov. 6, Joyner will spend the day at Miller Children’s – handing out signed photos, hats and jerseys to patients with cancer and serious blood disorders.
About Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach:
Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, part of the MemorialCare Health System, provides specialized pediatric care for children and young adults, with conditions ranging from common to complex — as well as maternity care for expectant mothers — all under one roof. Only five percent of all hospitals are children’s hospitals, making them unique not only to children’s health care needs in the community, but across the region. Miller Children’s is one of only eight free-standing children’s hospitals in California — treating more than 14,000 children each year — and has become a regional pediatric destination for more than 84,000 children, who need specialized care in the outpatient specialty and satellite centers. Miller Children’s recently completed a major expansion project to expand the pediatric cancer center, neonatal intensive care unit and the MemorialCare Center for Women. Visit MillerChildrens.org, like us on Facebook and follow us at Twitter.