Governor and Staff Participate in Pep Rally for Pediatric Patients and Families
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today visited the Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore for a pep rally prior to the start of his sixth and final round of chemotherapy on Friday. The governor and members of his executive staff served dinner to patients and their families while guests visited and took pictures with Baltimore Ravens cheerleaders and the Orioles Bird.
“I’m thrilled to be here at the Ronald McDonald House today with so many inspiring kids and their families,” Governor Hogan said. “Throughout my treatment I’ve had the privilege to meet many brave cancer patients, but it’s the stories of these young kids fighting such tough battles that have really touched my heart. I know I get more out of meeting them and hearing their stories than they get out of meeting me.”
Since he was diagnosed with stage III non-Hodgkin lymphoma in June, Governor Hogan has participated in numerous cancer outreach events. Last month, the governor signed two statewide proclamations declaring September Blood Cancer Awareness Month and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Maryland. The governor’s office also partnered with the American Red Cross, Delete Blood Cancer, and There Goes My Hero to host a blood drive and bone marrow registry at the State House.
In addition, the governor has attended Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins, and Baltimore Ravens games with childhood cancer patients from the Ronald McDonald House, the Cool Kids Campaign, and the University of Maryland Medical Center to raise awareness for pediatric and blood cancer.
In June, Governor Hogan started HoganStrong to raise awareness and resources for cancer-fighting organizations.