‘Homers For Health’ Helping Kids With Cancer

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - Seven year old Emmily Leidner likes the new playground at Cardinal Glennon, Justin Beiber songs and any good story with a princess.

"A princess.  A princess?  You like princess'?  Who is your favorite?  Cinderella." said patient Emmily Leidner.

She's currently getting chemotherapy for a rare form of cancer called rabdoyosacoma.  She's been coming since she had a relapse in December.

"It's a very hard experience but we deal with it day by day and you know she loves to get out and do things and play and were right along with her." said Emmily's Mom Jennie Leidner.

On Thursday Cardinal player Matt holiday was on hand for opening day of the new rally squirrel playground.  You may remember $500,000 was raised in October through rally squirrel t-shirt sales.

Meanwhile inside, phone lines were busy as volunteers took pledges as part of the 'Homers For Health' drive for donations.

"We are the only free standing Catholic pediatric hospital in the country. This is a real treasure and we need to do everything we can to support it and keep it going." said Jessica Goeke.

For Jessica Goeke it's a cause that's close to her heart.  Five years ago her daughter Emily spent 12 weeks at Cardinal Glennon for a serious illness.

"It's just a chance to give back for thing us our daughter back." said Jessica Goeke.

On Thursday fans made pledges for every homer hit by David Freese and Matt Holiday.  The money raised will go to the Cardinal Glennon Foundation.

Remember that story about Cinderella. Well, it appears our 7-year-old might have met her fella when Matt Holiday stopped by..

Emmily Leidner exclaims, "He was tall and cute.  Was he taller and cuter than me?  Yes."

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