San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy visited the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Tuesday as a volunteer with Musicians on Call, a non-profit organization that brings live music to hospital patients.
There, Peavy was able to speak to the patients about keeping their heads up even when faced with tough challenges. When asked about coming to speak to the patients, Peavy responded with the following:
"It's one thing to raise money and be charitable, but when you get to come put your hands on it firsthand and truly watch the impacts and the smiles -- there's not a dollar count on this. It's just a different kind of gratification that I can't explain. It's what truly makes me happy."
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Peavy performed Tom Petty’s late hit of “I Won’t Back Down” along with Bob Marley’s classic tune of “Every Little Thing”.
The day was filled with joy and laughter as the patients were able to ask the two-time World Series champion anything they pleased. Peavy recalled one conversation with Pascual, a patient who had been in the hospital for the previous six weeks.
Pascual showed Peavy his medal from a soccer tournament and asked if he had a medal.
“I don’t have a medal” Peavy stated, “but I did bring a World Series ring.”
The conversation drew chuckles from the audience. Peavy would spend the remainder of the day talking to patients and giving them words of encouragement. He made sure that all the kids felt included during the day and to make things special, he left each patient with an autograph to remember.