‘Hit the Mitt’ is back – Rockies home runs to benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Each time a Rockies home run ball hits any part of the 'Hit the Mitt' sign in left field this year, UCHealth will donate $5,000 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
April 2, 2019

UCHealth’s large red and white “Hit the Mitt” sign at Coors Field is back this baseball season with a new beneficiary for the left field home run challenge: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Rocky Mountain Chapter.

A red "Hit the Mitt" sign at Coors Field in Denver. The sign shows a big mitt with Hit the Mitt spelled out around it and UCHealth at the top. Each time a Rockies player hits a homer that strikes the sign this year, the Gold Crown Foundation will get $5,000.
Every time Rockies players slam home runs that hit this “Hit the Mitt” sign at Coors Field, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will get $5,000.

Each time a Rockies home run ball hits any part of the UCHealth “Hit the Mitt” sign in left field throughout the 2019 season, UCHealth will make a donation to the Rocky Mounatain Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The non-profit funds cutting-edge research to advance cures for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma.

“We’re thrilled to bring back this challenge in its second year to see how many times the Colorado Rockies will homer out to the ‘Hit the Mitt’ sign,” said Manny Rodriguez, chief marketing and experience officer for UCHealth.

“We hope to generate excitement for players and fans alike, all with the goal of supporting and raising awareness for LLS. This organization benefits people all over the world including here in Colorado – work that helps our patients thrive and allows them to live extraordinary lives in the face of any diagnosis.”

Cassie Wagner, a cancer survivor from Parker, is especially excited about the meaning behind the sign. In 2011, she felt something wasn’t quite right with her health and was having difficulty swallowing. Cassie, who was just in her 20s, was diagnosed with leukemia. “Every year I do the “Light The Night” walk with LLS, and so this partnership with UCHealth, where I received my treatment, is so near and dear to my heart.”

LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. Its mission is to cure blood cancers and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

“Cassie is a great example of the resilient patients we see, and we are honored that UCHealth has chosen LLS to raise money for research to one day cure blood cancers,” said Beth Muehlethaler, executive director for LLS, Rocky Mountain Chapter.

“Hit the Mitt” is one of many ways UCHealth partners with the Colorado Rockies throughout the baseball season to connect with our communities. A number of events and activities are programmed every season to encourage fans to “Rock Your Routine,” inspiring all Rockies fans that healthy habits can pay off over time.



About the author

Jessica Berry is a spokesperson for UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital. She brings a rich mixture of military, political and journalistic experience to the position.

After graduating from the University of Colorado in 2000 with a degree in Communications, she traveled the country working in television news for stations in Texas, Montana, Alabama and Georgia.

Her travels brought her up close and personal with military issues post 9-11, and she found herself inspired to leave the world of television behind to enlist in the Air Force Reserve. She also worked for a state senator in Denver, a retired Air Force Colonel whose district covered a large portion of Colorado Springs, home to a sizeable military community. 

On July 2, 2008, Berry left the Air Force and was sworn-in as a Public Affairs Officer in the United States Navy Reserve. Ms. Berry has been a spokesperson for Nashville Navy Week, Denver Navy Week, L.A. Navy Week, Cincinnati Navy Week, Fargo Navy Week, Albuquerque Navy Week, Fleet Week New York, the USS New Mexico commissioning, and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration. In addition, she provided media training for more than 300 foreign and U.S. senior officers for the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.