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Dodgers Pitcher Kenley Jansen Gives Back to Local Hospital Through Inaugural 'Kenley's Locker'
Posted By:  Austin Alley
Saturday, May 11, 2019

LOS ANGELES (MAY 11, 2019) – On Friday morning, May 10, Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher Kenley Jansen paid the 15 patients on the pediatric floor at White Memorial Hospital a visit to unveil his inaugural ‘Kenley’s Locker.’ The more than a dozen families in attendance welcomed Kenley and his wife Gianni to the hospital for a special unveiling of the new technology locker, which houses five Nintendo Switches with cases and games, along with 20 iPads. As part of the program, the hospital is also receiving $500 worth of iTunes gift cards to support various applications on the iPads.

Jansen, the Dodgers’ All-Star closer, was joined by David Vassegh of “Dodger Talk” on AM 570, who served as the program’s emcee, to discuss the importance of community outreach directed toward children suffering from pediatric illnesses. John Raffoul, CEO of White Memorial Hospital, joined the Jansens and several kids in attendance to cut the ribbon, officially opening the first ‘Kenley’s Locker’ to the public.

Following the unveiling ceremony, the Jansens went room to room visiting patients throughout the hospital who were unable to attend the program launch.

In addition to dealing with the ongoing conditions of their illness, these children deal with numerous other hardships as a result of regular hospitalizations. Being in the hospital prevents them from seeing friends and family on a regular basis, they fall behind in school, and they face boredom of sitting in a hospital bed all day. The technology provided in ‘Kenley’s Locker’ will work toward addressing all of these needs through means of entertainment, portals for communication and educational applications.

Reaching more than 500,000 patients and family members annually, the ‘Kenley’s Locker’ at White Memorial Hospital represents the first official programming of the Kenley Jansen Foundation. ‘Kenley’s Locker’ is the signature community outreach program of the Kenley Jansen Foundation, which seeks to improve the quality of life of children struggling with serious illnesses and physical challenges.

The unveiling of the inaugural ‘Kenley’s Locker’ at White Memorial Hospital precedes the foundation’s first fundraising event at the Grammy Museum on July 22nd. ‘A Night of Courageous Hearts’ will raise money to go toward outreach programs like ‘Kenley’s Locker.’






 
 

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