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NAVY Sailors Bring Smiles to MCH Patients with Cancer

MIAMI –Navy Recruiting District Miami, Sailors visited Miami Children's Hospital to deliver smiles, words of encouragement and ball caps in support of the "Caps for Kids" program.

During their visit, the more than 15 Navy ball caps and other Navy memorabilia were personally delivered to over 40 children in exchange for smiles in the hospitals daycare and Hematology and Oncology ward where children with acute and chronic blood disorders, pediatric cancer and leukemia are cared for.  

“Having the Sailors visit really makes the kids day. They look forward to the visits and we welcome it because it minimizes the stress the kids experience when they stay in the hospital,” said Cristene Martinez-Paez, Public & Media Relations Specialist, "Caps for Kids" is a community service program managed by the Navy Office of Community Outreach which brings together Sailors and young patients in hospitals all over the country.

Since "Caps for Kids" became a national outreach effort in 2000, thousands of Sailors from approximately 300 commands have donated ball caps, Navy memorabilia and their time to more than 500 hospitals across the country.

NRD Miami Sailors have made it their mission to increase Navy awareness in cities which do not have a significant everyday Navy presence.