“Every chance I have to do this, I will come, for sure.
“It’s something that is really important to me, to get a chance to meet these kids and try to put a smile on their face. It’s something that we can do and it’s a great moment to see the kids,” Cooper Marody, who plays for the Phantoms told The Press after spending time with some young patients at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital Nov. 2.
Marody, along with teammates Adam Brooks and Adam Karashik, joined MelVin on a special visit to the children’s hospital. They walked the hallways taking pictures with families and visited a few patients in their rooms, with special gift bags, filled with stickers, pencils and other swag, for all the children and youth they encountered.
For patient Malachi Barlow, it was a thrill to meet the players and MelVin. He talked with the players about Xbox and other video games, as well as their hockey careers. They all had fun posing for pictures for Barlow’s social media.
A younger patient, Radley Sadowski, spoke about sports with the players. A Phantoms fan who has attended hockey games, the highlight was to meet MelVin in person.
According to Brooks, these types of visits are important for all involved.
Reflecting on those he met that day, “It’s such a good feeling to go in there. These kids are obviously going through a tough time. It’s the smile on their faces. It’s just a way to give back to the community.”
PRESS PHOTOS BY MARIEKE ANDRONACHE MelVin takes time out of his busy schedule to visit the patients of Lehigh Valley Reilly Children's Hospital Nov. 2.
MelVin, accompanied by Phantoms players Cooper Marody (#20), Adam Brooks (#24) and Adam Karashik (#3) walks the halls of the hospital, stopping occasionally for pictures and autographs.
Malachi Barlow meets Phantoms players Cooper Marody (#20), Adam Brooks (#24) and Adam Karashik (#3).
Malachi Barlow, with MelVin and Phantoms players Cooper Marody (#20), Adam Brooks (#24) and Adam Karashik (#3) have fun with The Press.
MelVin and Phantoms players Cooper Marody (#20), Adam Brooks (#24) and Adam Karashik (#3) talk about hockey with Radley Sadowski. Seeing MelVin was a special treat for this young hockey player.