One of our cardiovascular patients, 4-year-old Julia Olejar, got to throw out the first pitch at Monday night’s Twins game! Julia’s parents, Kelly and Tim, and little brother, Anthony, watched proudly as she threw the ball to T.C. Bear, the Twins’ mascot.
Julia’s time in the spotlight was part of a check presentation for the HeartBeat 5000, an annual 5K run/walk that has raised nearly $1.5 million for cardiovascular services at Children’s over the last nine years. Before the game, Children’s received a check for $75,000 from the three presenting sponsors of HeartBeat 5000: Boston Scientific, St. Jude Medical Inc. and Medtronic.