Chicago Cubs Player Kyle Schwarber gives the Adult Down Syndrome Center a day to remember

Chicago Cubs Player Kyle Schwarber gives the Adult Down Syndrome Center a day to remember

Chicago Cubs outfielder and Home Run Derby Finalist Kyle Schwarber visited the Adult Down Syndrome Center on Advocate Lutheran General Hospital’s campus to surprise some lucky fans with a day they’ll always remember.

Pinstripes and Cubby blue were abundant and on display as participants and family members sported their favorite players’ numbers awaiting the visit from a surprise player. They broke out in cheers of excitement when Kyle Schwarber arrived, greeting him with hugs, smiles, handshakes and fist bumps. Participants had a chance to talk one-on-one with the Cubs outfielder, took photos, had souvenirs signed and received fun giveaways. Also on hand for the fun surprise was Cubs mascot Clark the Cub.

Kyle Schwarber and Clark the Cub won over the hearts of those who receive care at the Adult Down Syndrome Center, bringing a little bit of the magic of Wrigley Field to Park Ridge for the day. Advocate Health Care and the Cubs have a long-standing partnership and both have a commitment to promote health and wellness in a fun and meaningful way.

The life expectancy for adults with Down syndrome was less than 30 years old in 1982. With appropriate medical care, adults with Down syndrome are living well into their sixties, thanks in part to the Adult Down Syndrome Center at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill., which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. The Center, which started as a twice a month clinic, has grown into a five-day-a-week primary care practice with more than 7,500 patient visits annually, the first and busiest of its kind in the country.

Click to learn more about the Adult Down Syndrome Center’s services and programs.

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Jackie Hughes
Jackie Hughes

Jacqueline Hughes is a former manager, media relations at Advocate Aurora Health. Previously, she was the public affairs and marketing manager at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. She earned her BA in psychology at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Jackie has 10 plus years experience working in television and media and most recently worked at NBC 5 in Chicago. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, going to the movies and spending time with her family.