Patients at Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) and their families had a special visitor recently when super athlete Bo Jackson, former baseball and football player, stopped by to play with the kids, autograph baseball and football cards, and deliver gift bags full of toys. Bo was on his way to the Gregg’s Wings Golf Outing, an event hosted by the Kienke family which benefits the CCFK .
During his visit, a new mural was unveiled, depicting Bo’s first post- surgery at bat for the Chicago White Sox, where he delivered a home run.
Bo had made a promise to his late mother that he would hit a home run for her on his return to baseball—a promise he fulfilled that day. The inspiring mural, by Chicago artist Tom Rocco, hangs in the Center for all visitors see. The vibrant mural also features cartoon characters and members of the Kienke family – and now an autograph by Bo himself, who signed the mural that day.
“This special morning brought lots of smiles and laughter to both families and staff alike,” said Ashley Carlo, Manager at Winthrop’s CCFK. “We are so grateful to Bo Jackson, and to the Kienke family for connecting us and providing these special memories for our patients.”
Young patients had the opportunity to meet and take pictures with Bo, and dove into their gift bags. They also participated in an impromptu silly string fight, with Bo and Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Winthrop and Director of the CCFK, as their targets, bringing laughter all around.