Kevin Killeen @KMOXKilleen

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Matt Holliday broke down and cried during the “Holliday’s Heroes” awards dinner.

Children with cancer thanked him and his wife for raising money to redo a wing at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.

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lesslee and matt Matt Holliday Tearful at Awards Ceremony

Leslee and Matt Holliday react to news a wing of Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital will bear their names.

“You know he was so emotional, he couldn’t even speak,” said Cardinal Glennon Executive Director of Marketing, Sandy Koller.

What Holliday and his wife did was raise $3.7 million through their Homers for Health charity. Often times he would meet with children on his own time, and not for a publicity photo.

“What he’s done for Cardinal Glennon, and really when no one is looking, he’s here at the hospital with the patients,” Koller said.

The money raised has been used to fix up the fourth floor of the hospital where some of the sickest children and their parents stay – sometimes for months. Thank’s to donations, there’s also a new pediatric intensive care unit, imaging center and other equipment.

Holliday is a New York Yankee now, so Cardinals first-baseman Matt Carpenter is taking over as chairman of the charity. carpenter Matt Holliday Tearful at Awards Ceremony

“I am honored to take over Matt’s role as Chairman of Homers for Health. As sports figures, we are all in a position to use our platforms to give back to the community, and what better way than to help kids,” said Matt Carpenter. “A lot of good has come from this program, and I am excited to see what we can do next.”

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Comments (3)
  1. In the article it says “Holliday is a New York Yankee now, so Cardinals pitcher Matt Carpenter is taking over as chairman of the charity.”

    When did Matt become a pitcher? I’d have thought that would be headline news. You may want to correct that statement.

    A loyal KMOX listener.

    Teresa Stone

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