The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation have teamed up to launch a new joint initiative.
It’s called “Hearts in the Huddle,” and it will see Ticats players visit with patients at McMaster Children’s Hospital and its outpatient programs at Chedoke.
Tiger-Cats offensive lineman Greg Wojt says the idea came from the players themselves, who were determined to do more to help local children.
That’s when the tam’s front office and Direct Energy jumped on board to make the initiative even bigger.
In addition to the hospital visits, the Tiger-Cats will provide tickets and special game day field passes to selected patients and their families.
7-year-old Giacomo Pugliese’s mother, Rita, remembers how a visit from Ticats defensive tackle Brian Bulcke lifted her son’s spirits while he was undergoing chemotherapy for treatment of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the Hospital in April.
She said the “visit allowed him to forget about being sick for a little while and focus on just having fun.”
(left to right: Stripes, Giacomo Pugliese and Greg Wojt)
(left to right: Ticats caretaker Bob Young, Simoni Lawrence and Solomon Zandberg)
(Players from left to right: Mike Filer, Greg Wojt, Landon Rice, Simoni Lawrence, C.J. Gable and Andy Fantuz)
(MacKids from left to right: Josh Muir, Giacomo Pugliese, Jackson Harris, Solomon Zandberg, Jessica Wilson and Mikaela Procopio)