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A group of 50 children who have received treatment at City of Hope will attend Monday’s Los Angeles Dodgers game, thanks to the charity founded by the union representing Major League Baseball players.

Relief pitcher Chris Hatcher and a group of Dodger players will sign autographs, pose for pictures and answer questions before the game against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium.

The Buses for Baseball program is providing transportation, game tickets, souvenirs, food and beverages for children participating in the Tia’s Hope program at Monday’s game and nine others throughout the nation this season.

Buses for Baseball is administered and underwritten by the Major League Baseball Players Trust, the charitable foundation created by the Major League Baseball Players Association to help those in need.

Tia’s Hope is a nonprofit organization that aims to provide children with experiences that create unique positive memories. The charity was established by the family of Tia Palermo, a New Jersey woman who died in 2012 from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that was diagnosed in 2001. She felt there should be something special for children who spend part of their youth in a hospital and took great joy in sharing what she called “Memory Moments.”

–City News Service

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