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Team Phoenix takes Veterans to Dbacks Game
This game holds a special place in my heart and reminded me why we do what we do. Even if it's a small impact, it can make a huge impact on someone else. Mike, Al & David are three veterans from La Loma Health and Rehab center in Phoenix and they were selected to attend the Diamondbacks vs the Brewers game! All three of these men have served in the military in their young years and it was obvious the love they had for baseball. Unfortunately, all three of these men have been diagnosed with dementia and while all of their cases vary with severity, they all suffer from the brain disease. The game was wonderful, we had great seats, the Diamondbacks won, and the veterans enjoyed themselves. Ione, one of the volunteers from La Loma Health and Rehab asked Al who he was going for and he responded with "I'm not sure, I haven't give the Brewers a fair chance yet!" I thought it was hilarious because he was wear a Diamondbacks hat! But what really tugged on my heart strings was the voicemail I received from Ione just two short days after the game. She called to tell me that one of the guys that attended the game could not stop talking about it. He told his daughter who went to visit him at the home all about the game and how much fun he had. But what really got me was that this specific man has one of the more serious cases of dementia and never leaves the home unless it is for a doctors appointment. Based off of what I have been told by Ione is that "it's absolutely incredible to see him still talking about the baseball game, he has become more sociable, and he even remembers the grand slam!" *cue the water works* Since the baseball game, David left the nursing home for the first time in six years, with no doctors appointment scheduled, to just enjoy some time with his daughter. There isn't much more you could ask for as a volunteer when you hear feedback like this. I am fortunate enough to attend several baseball games, but this one with be forever embedded in my heart. The impact that this baseball game, that most of us take advantage of, made a huge impact on this man and THAT is why we do what we do.