Who: You. Your family. Every Dbacks fan you know. Every local San Francisco Giants fan you know. Fans of Chinese food, Mexican food, sushi, pizza, burgers, popcorn, hotdogs, margaritas, Leinenkugel and TCBY (all that and more are available at the fabulous Chase Field).
What: A leisurely Sunday afternoon Dbacks game.
When: Sunday, September 16, 2012. First pitch will be thrown at 1:10pm.
Where: Chase Field, downtown Phoenix.
How: Simply visit the Families of SMA event page. Select your seats from the available baseline and bullpen reserve seats (sections 106-111 and 133-138). Follow the instructions to complete your purchase online, or see the contact information on that link in order to purchase handicap accessible seats.
Why: A portion of the proceeds from tickets sold via this link will be donated by the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy charity. SMA is a terminal, debilitating muscle disease affecting infants and young children (primarily), and is the reason why this blog’s resident five year-old twins, Kyle & Lauren, cannot sit, stand, walk, or eat on their own. SMA affects 1 in 6,000 births, and is equally prevalent across all countries, races, and ethnicities. Families of SMA is a critical support system for families affected by SMA and over the last ~30 years has funded nearly $30 million dollars of research to find a treatment and cure for SMA.
Bonus: Children are invited to run the bases with us that day! The line for the base run forms behind section 109 as soon as the game is over. Children who run on wheels instead of legs are invited to utilize the elevators behind section 105 to reach field level as soon as the game is over. Allot approximately 30 minutes for this bit of fun after the game–the kids love it! (The base running itself is quick, but it takes about thirty minutes for the staff to ready the field and minimize the turf’s impact from this pint-sized stampede.)
My Kyle adores the Dbacks. At age four he went from having no knowledge of the game to being an expert simply from playing the Wii Sports game on the family’s Wii. Now he enjoys many Dbacks games in person at Chase Field and the rest he watches on TV from home. He is as obsessed with his favorite team as a kid could possibly be. Watching the Dbacks gives him so much joy and even if they lose–he gives nary a care. His is an unconditional love. This is why our family is so touched that the Arizona Diamondbacks organization reached out to our Phoenix chapter of FSMA and is donating to our good cause. Even if you’re a Giants fan, we welcome you to join us on September 16th–but bring a tissue for your loss tears while you watch our 2011 NL West champs give your Giants the what-for in a state-of-the-art, climate controlled, one-beer-only-costs-nine-dollars facility!
2012 Opening Day
Phoenix Children’s Hospital, 12/2011. There Willie Bloomquist stood, innocently posing for fan photos yet unfortunately blocking Kyle’s view of the Dbacks Christmas Tree in the hospital lobby. Kyle humored us to pose for a photo before he rushed to turn around and admire the tree (it really was a cool tree, later auctioned off for charity). Mr. Bloomquist was so sweet to him and charming to me, and that day is why the only Dbacks jersey I own is #18 (well, I do own a Randy Johnson jersey, but only because my last name was Johnson and it was narcissistically pleasing to wear my own name. Also because Randy Johnson was kind of good, too).
We must sell 200 tickets via dbacks.com/sma in order to get the maximum donation the Dbacks organization can offer–so buy your tickets now and spread the word!
Q: What will the San Francisco Giants be come sundown September 16th, 2012?
GO DBACKS GO!