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Homers for Health

Homers spinning baseball
Homers spinning baseball

Impact of Your Support



A lot has changed since we first introduced you to our Homers for Health Co-Chair, Cardinal Glennon patient Kennedy - and while we may not know the outcome of this year’s baseball season, or how many home runs will be hit, what we do know is that our patients and families at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital need us right now more than ever before.

With many of our families now experiencing new hardships, we are seeing more families who are unable to pay for care. We will stay true to our promise that no family will ever be turned away due to their inability to pay.

The 2020 season of St. Louis Cardinals baseball was unlike any before. Because of the shortened year, Homers for Health Co-Chair Kennedy suggested we use the special number of 195 to base our pledges on for the season. 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, Kennedy suggested we do it again, except this year with hope of cheering the team to get to 195 home runs as well!




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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 2021 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. In order to keep everyone safe, and to abide by social restrictions and guidelines, we will not be hosting the Holliday’s Heroes reception with the Hollidays this season. To learn more about Holliday's Heroes, contact Colleen Dolnick at colleen.dolnick@ssmhealth.com.

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

Julian & Eileen Carr Family Foundation

Nettie O. Dodge

McKelvey Homes


Grant and Sebastian Moss

Grant and Sebastian are identical twin boys, who were born to new parents Amber and John on February 27, 2013. Amber had an uneventful pregnancy, and though the boys…

Sariah Gettys

On February 14, 2018, Sariah (a 4-year-old aspiring dancer and model) and her mother, Shamika, were involved in a devastating motor vehicle accident. Shamika sustained injuries to her right…

Noah Townsend

Kristi and Eric Townsend from St. Peters, MO were married in 2018.  Having married later in life, they knew they wanted to start a family right away.  For nearly…

Aaryn Wiley

Watching sassy two-year-old Aaryn have a meltdown, or dancing and singing to her favorite cartoons, one would never guess that she had a much more fragile start to life.…

Teagan Smith

Looking at 7-year-old Teagan Smith today, one would never know what she went through during her first several months of life. “I had a completely normal pregnancy,” states Teagan’s…

Faith Jethro

During the early stages of pregnancy with Faith, doctors informed her family that she had a one in 17 chance of having Down Syndrome. Her family was devastated, but…

Maren Poettker

Three-year-old Maren, from Aviston, IL was a perfectly healthy, energetic two-year-old, up until October 2019. At that time, she became ill with some persistent low-grade fevers, generally low energy,…

Jimmy Williams

Eleven year-old Jimmy of Jackson, Missouri is a kind, funny and active young man. An avid and well-decorated golfer, Jimmy was playing in a tournament in early August of…

Amjad Awawdeli

He may be only 26 inches tall, but his size is easily overshadowed by his strength. Six year-old Amjad is almost a celebrity at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon, having…

Kagen Hill

Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). HCV can lead to liver failure, liver cancer, or chronic liver disease, and is…

Celebrating 10 Years of Homers for Health

What is Homers for Health?

Now in its tenth 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.

Click HERE to watch the KSDK feature with Matt and Leslee Holliday talking about the 10-year success of Homers for Health.

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 Leslie Holliday get emotional leaving St. Louis

You Make a Difference


Healthy First Weight Management Program

Child Life Services

Homers for Health Retail Sponsors

Visit any of the below businesses during their in-store fundraising time period to support Homers for Health and say thank you to these businesses for supporting Cardinal Glennon kids!

April 1 - May 31

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April 1 - May 31

Visit any Petro-Mart location to donate $1, $3 and $5 at the register!

May 4 - May 31

Dierbergs Logo

May 4 - May 31

Visit any Dierbergs location to donate $2, $5 and $10 or round up at the register!

Mach 1
May 1 - May 31

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Mach 1
May 1 - May 31

Mach 1 is proud to support Homers for Health!

Prairie Farms
May 1 - May 31

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Prairie Farms
May 1 - May 31

Prairie Farms is proud to support Homers for Health!