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Pitching and Planting with Sharing Care

Every Child Deserves A Chance to Play Baseball.

And that’s why there’s West Metro Miracle League. WMML is a non-profit organization run by volunteers which gives children between the ages of 3 and 19 with any cognitive and/or physical challenges the great opportunity to play baseball. Last year in the west metro, 12 teams – comprised of 132 players – hit the diamonds at Bennett Family Park in Minnetonka to play ball! There are also leagues in the north, east and south metro areas – visit the Miracle League page to get more details on these opportunities.

PHS brought in the first real days of spring by teaming up with the Pirates from West Metro Miracle League for a fun game of baseball on May 7 (see more pictures from the night here). After lacing up our shoes and practicing our swing, we had a great evening of batting, running, catching and cheering each other on. It was a perfect evening for it, and the St. Paul Saints were there to provide some entertainment to boot! Everyone was a winner that night, and the energy that the players brought to the field was enough to remind every buddy, coach, and spectator why programs like this are so important.

A Place Where Hope Grows.

Each spring, PHS employees look for forward to one event that happens rain or shine (or sleet) – the annual Spring Clean-Up for Faith’s Lodge.

On May 10, 26 volunteers drove to Danbury, Wisconsin for another fun and productive weekend of cleaning and landscaping at the lodge. Last year, we were there for their Tree Planting Day to revive the land after a storm knocked a huge number of the trees down in 2011. This year, we went there with a mission to plant more trees (80, to be exact), stain their playground and benches, lay grass seed, and plant flowers. Although the sleet and temperatures didn’t scream spring, we know the sunshine and warm weather is on its way and wanted to do whatever we could to ensure families will be able to enjoy the amazing surroundings, resources and reflection space that Faith’s Lodge provides.

If you’re the parent of a medically-complex or seriously ill child, it’s not too late to join other families at Faith’s Lodge for the week of June 25-30. If you’re interested, please contact PHS clinician at 651-642-1825. If you or someone you know could benefit from Faith’s Lodge this week or any other time of year, please visit their website to learn more.

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Originally published: May 14, 2013