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Final year for Home Run for Health

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TEMPLE — In its fourth and last year, the Home Run for Health event held at the baseball game between Belton and Temple high schools raises money for McLane Children’s Hospital Scott & White and provides insight to a group of healthy athletic young men.

The game is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Tiger Field in Belton. Pregame activities begin at 6 p.m. and will include former McLane Children’s Hospital patients.

Since Temple and Belton school districts will compete in different University Interscholastic League districts, the baseball teams won’t play each other next year.

Money raised in the past went toward the purchase of a Vecta Distraction Station, which has a bubble column that changes colors, fiber optic cable and lights used to divert the attention of young patients and soothe them during medical procedures that can be scary and painful.

The distraction station is often used instead of sedation.

It hasn’t been determined what will be purchased with the money raised this year, said Jennifer Williams, philanthropy coordinator McLane Children’s Hospital.

Coloring books and crayons will be collected at the baseball game along with monetary donations.

The group also will “pass the hat” and collect money in the stands during the game.

Five Champion Kids, former McLane Children’s patients, will help throw out the first ball.

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