SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center will miss Allen Craig

Patient Camryn Akerson visits Allen Craig on field in pre-game.

Patient Camryn Akerson visits Allen Craig on field in pre-game.

ST. LOUIS (July 31, 2014) – News of Allen Craig’s trade to the Boston Red Sox swept through the halls of SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center today as patients, employees and families discovered he will no longer be in a St. Louis Cardinals uniform.

Craig joined the medical center’s Homers for Health program in 2013, when Matt Holliday and David Freese invited him to serve as their third co-chair.

“We have been amazed and humbled by the dedication Allen and his wife Marie have shown for Homers for Health,” said Dan Buck, vice president of philanthropy at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation. “They’ve given their time, talent and heart on and off the field, through their work on our inaugural Homers for Health Game Shows, Home Run Derby Championships and more. In addition, they have connected with patients and their families through their many visits to the hospital. They will be sorely missed and we are grateful for all they have done for our mission.”

In 2014, Holliday and Craig have led as co-chairs for the hitters, while Jason Motte and Adam Wainwright are serving as co-chairs for the pitchers. This year, pledges have come in from 36 states, Washington, D.C. and Poland.

“We wish only the best for Allen and the entire Craig family, Boston is picking up a class act,” Buck added.

To date more than $1 million has been raised for Homers for Health, with contributions providing support to enhance departments and programs at the medical center, including launching Sports Care, the medical center’s injury prevention program for young athletes.