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San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey has a history with John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.
The MLB star and his wife, Kristen, have regularly visited the pediatric oncology ward at the hospital over the years. It coincides with the mission of the Buster and Kristen Posey Fund, which provides “grants to research hospitals and charitable organizations that support children diagnosed with pediatric cancer.” As part of his visit, Posey signed autographs and answered questions. He was even open to dealing with inquiries into the Giants last-place record in the National League West.
Kristen Posey is the driving force behind the fund and was inspired by to tackle the issue when she read about Cannon Wiggins, a child who is near the age of their twins — Lee Dempsey Posey and Addison Lynn Posey. The boy was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a cancer that affects the kidneys. Learning about Cannon pushed the couple to do more to widen awareness about pediatric cancer and raise funds for research.
At the Tuesday event, Buster Posey gave away hats and blankets to patients and their families. He chatted with some patients at their bedside and offered encouraging words to families.
The Poseys visit similar wards at hospitals around the Bay Area.