July 15, 2013
Tuscaloosa, Ala. - Nine of Alabama's incoming baseball players visited the DCH Manderson Cancer Center on Monday afternoon. The nine players spent time with a number of patients receiving cancer treatment, talking and signing baseballs for the patients.
"The incoming Alabama baseball players visited DCH Manderson Cancer Center to visit patients during their treatments and wish them well," Alabama Director of Baseball Operations Ken Brown said. "We have so many great fans that support UA Athletics, and we feel it's important to go and support our local fans during their difficult times.
Joining the group of players were eight freshmen and one junior college transfer. The players included catcher Will Haynie, pitchers Nick Eicholtz, Geoffery Bramblett, Thomas Burrows and Tyler Adams, outfielders Hunter Webb and William Elliott, and infielders Taylor Propst and J.C. Wilhite.
"If we can put a smile on their face, by signing autographs or taking pictures with the patients, and make them forget for a few minutes about their illness and enjoy some time with the athletes, the visit is worth every second," Brown said. "Also, this gives the student athletes a perspective of how lucky they are to be healthy and strong, and encourage those who are sick to keep battling and let them know we are thinking about them."
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