With the continuation of a long standing partnership between Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks and Operation Supply Drop, this game tugs at the heartstrings, showing the impact a night out at the old ball game can have for some old-timer veterans.
Often our Phoenix Team pairs up with the La Loma Health and Rehabilitation Center in Phoenix, Arizona and this event brought three veterans to a fantastic Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Milwaukee Brewers Major League Baseball Game. Mike, Al and David selflessly served our country in their younger years, but these days battle varying levels of dementia. It was clear that this night out brought back fond memories of America’s favorite past time. Phoenix Team Leader, Tasha said, “This game holds a special place in my hear and reminded me why we do what we do. Even if it’s a small impact it can make a huge impact on someone else.”
Ione, who works on the staff at La Loma, really drove home this point when she reported that one of the gentlemen could not stop talking about the game. She said, “He told his daughter, who went to visit him at the home, all about the game and how much fun he had. What’s more amazing is that he has one of the more serious cases of dementia and never leaves home unless it is for a doctors appointment. He’s become more sociable and even remembers the grand slam (which at the time, put the Brewers up 8-to-1 over the Diamondbacks).”
Since the memorable night, David left the nursing home for the first time in six years, with no doctor appointment schedule. He just wanted to enjoy some time with his daughter. There’s isn’t much more you can ask for from such an amazing night. While the Phoenix team attends many ball games, this one will forever be embedded in their heart. The impact of this baseball game, that most of us overlook, made a huge impact on this man. With the help of a few angels in the outfield, this night drove home exactly why we do what we do. Purpose through service changes lives.