Homers for Health

Impact of Your Support



Welcome to our 12th year of Homers for Health! As we all know, the past couple of years have been like nothing we’ve ever experienced before and while so much has changed in our world, one thing that hasn’t changed is our patients and families at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital still need us.

With many of our families still experiencing new hardships, we are continuing to see more families who are unable to pay for care. Through it all, we will stay true to our promise that no family will ever be turned away due to their inability to pay.

As you know, we chose the special number of 195 to base our pledges on for the past two seasons. Why 195? Because that is the number of beds in our hospital and your pledge means so much more than just baseball. With the overwhelming support for 195 again during the 2022 season, our patient co-chair, Jimmy, suggested we do it again, and we agreed!



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Why Support Homers?

Mike and Lori Shannon with Matt and Leslie Holliday

"It all started with Matt Holliday. Not only has he put his time and financial support into the program, but he would stop by the hospital at 2:00 or 3:00 am after a game just to see a particular child that was there that he had made buddies with. To see that light in those kids’ eyes when he would walk in, he took it to heart. Watching the dedication that Matt and Leslee have made to Cardinal Glennon, it’s just something you want to be a part of. It’s really exciting and you know that it’s helping those children."

- Mike and Lori Shannon
Homers for Health Superheroes

Become a 2023 Holliday's Hero

Holliday's Heroes are among our highest level of donors to Homers for Health. Every pledge of $7 (or more) per home run signifies the honor of being a part of Holliday's Heroes. You can also make a one-time gift of $1,250 to join this exclusive group and make a significant impact for Cardinal Glennon kids. Matt and Leslee extend their deepest gratitude for your support. To learn more about Holliday's Heroes, contact Hannah Hyde at hannah.hyde@ssmhealth.com.

Listen to the Holliday's Table Forty Podcast Recorded LIVE at the 2022 Holliday's Heroes Celebration ->

Listen to the Holliday's Table Forty Podcast Recorded LIVE at the 2021 Holliday's Heroes Celebration ->

Thanks to Our Holliday's Heroes

With heartfelt gratitude for the generous donors who support Homers for Health as "Holliday's Heroes" with a pledge of $7 or more per home run and "Superheroes" with a pledge of $70 or more per home run. Thank you!

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Our Superheroes

Mr. Bradley Aden & Mrs. Susann Sullivan-Aden

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Morgan Andrews

Courtney Andrews gave birth to her daughter, Morgan on March 6, 2011. “I had a pretty routine pregnancy, despite some mild preeclampsia and polyhydramnios. Morgan was born after a…

Makayla Cross

When Cheri and Terrion Cross left San Diego in 2016 to come to St. Louis, Missouri, they had been married for two years trying to have children. A blended…

Sophie Ysursa

“It was the best summer I ever had,” said 13 y/o Sophie, as she recalled the months leading up to her diagnosis. “I was on swim team and achieved…

Jaxson Dreiling

Eleven-year-old Jaxson is the third son of four boys to parents, Ryan and Kate from Wentzville, MO. Like most eleven-year-old boys, Jax has a passion for gaming – especially…

Graham Engel

June 2021 – Tori and Zach’s son, Graham (then two years old), started complaining of his belly hurting. The following month, in July, Graham rapidly fell ill after returning…

Easton Specht

“My pregnancy was completely normal. I had just had my 30 week ultrasound, where my doctor welcomed me to the third trimester and told me that I was doing…

Beckett Krieg

In August 2021, after attending only the first few days of Pre-K, 4 year-old Beckett was too ill to continue school. He had come down with Covid but didn’t…

Walker Lydick

When Gretchen learned her unborn son had Down syndrome, she was shocked and scared. Would she love this baby? Would his big brothers accept him? Would he even survive?…

Ollie Geen

In October of 2021, Jennifer and Brian took their 2 year-old son, Ollie to Urgent Care for a persistent belly ache. He had been saying his belly hurt on…

Frank Marchesi III

Frank Marchesi, III., of O’Fallon, MO was a healthy 16 year-old who enjoyed hanging out with his friends, working out and playing hockey. Life changed abruptly on 03/29 when…

What is Homers for Health?

Now in its twelfth year, Homers for Health has raised valuable support for the children served by SSM Health Cardinal Glennon. Thanks to the generosity of thousands of Cardinals fans from across the nation and around the world, this program has made significant contributions to our exceptional, state-of-the-art health care and the creation of child-friendly, family-centered environments within the hospital.

Founded by former Cardinal Matt Holliday and his wife Leslee in 2012, the program has helped create new child-friendly spaces including the Imaging Center, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Inpatient and Outpatient Cancer Units, raising more than 5-million dollars. Click the images below to learn more about the impact of your support.

Your generous support of Homers for Health is making such a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. This is a very exciting time in health care, and we rely strongly on the support of our community, friends and sponsors to help us remain at the forefront of technology and innovation, top-tier clinical programs and vital supportive services supported by the Children’s Fund. Thanks to you, we can provide lifesaving care to all children in need, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

Matt Holliday and Cardinal Glennon Patient
Matt Holliday with patient Maggie Bohannan the first year of Homers for Health
Matt and Leslee Holliday at Homers for Health
Matt and Leslee Holliday get emotional leaving St. Louis

You Make a Difference

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