Bases Loaded In The Forest

Orioles’ Second Baseman Brian Roberts and his wife, Diana host Easter Egg Hunt in the “Forest” at University of Maryland Hospital For Children

BALTIMORE, MD (April 25, 2011) Some might think that Orioles’ Second Baseman, Brian Roberts is a hero to the young patients at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital but it’s actually quite the opposite. Roberts and his wife, Diana, had the opportunity to visit with their heroes in the “Forest” at the hospital Monday.

The “Forest” is a special place in the child life center at the hospital where tiny patients come to play, socialize, and escape their hospital rooms for a bit. And Monday, the trees made the perfect setting to hide lots of Easter Eggs. Children were greeted by colorful baskets, toys, games, decorations and, of course, plastic Easter eggs – about 1000 of them. There was also a visit from the Oriole Bird who was sporting giant bunny ears for the occasion.

As they hunted for eggs, colored in their books, decorated cupcakes, and picked out games to take back to their rooms, Brian and Diana could be seen speaking with parents and their children, patients and siblings alike. They even joined in the action, sprawling out on the floor with some of the kids to color pages in a coloring book. B Rob’s crayon of choice? The orange one, of course.

“These kids are truly amazing and teach me so much,” Roberts says, “They are a constant reminder of the blessings in my life. We all have bad days, but if a child so sick with cancer, or a heart condition can be this excited over a little plastic egg and some toys, then we can all certainly find joy each day amidst whatever our circumstances are. These children absolutely inspire my wife and me.”

Roberts, along with his wife, Diana, have made a commitment to continue and strengthen their support of the hospital and their pediatric patients through their newly established One-For-All Fund. Funds will be raised through various fundraisers including the annual event “Brian’s Baseball Bash” in July. More Information about the fund can be found on their recently launched, brand new website at