Oakland Raiders Quarterback Carson Palmer Visits Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland, Warming Hearts of Children, Families, Staff, and Donors
August 12, 2012
Oakland, Calif.- Days before heading off to training camp, Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer took time out of his busy schedule to visit with kids and families at Children’s Hospital Oakland. “Carson is a terrific guy and a wonderful role model,” said Children’s Hospital President & CEO, Bertram Lubin, MD, “We are so fortunate to have him as part of the Oakland community.”
Palmer was introduced by eight-year-old Marlon Orellana-Enriquez who got the crowd cheering as the representative of the tens-of-thousands of kids treated each year at Children’s Hospital. Marlon was diagnosed at birth with a genetic disorder called Saethre-Chotzen syndrome. The disorder causes the premature fusion of the skull inhibiting brain growth. Marlon has undergone multiple surgeries and hospitalizations at Children’s Hospital. Palmer presented a beaming Marlon with an autographed number #3 Raiders jersey.
After taking time for autographs and posing for pictures, the crowd was treated to an interview with Palmer followed by an audience question and answer period. Palmer’s advice to the kids, "I try to set short-term goals that are attainable in order to accomplish the big picture goals. It's the culmination of those short-term goals that get you big results."
Palmer said about his visit to Children’s Hospital, "Shaelyn and I love children. Having kids of our own, we understand the complexities involved in raising children. Nothing is more painful and heart wrenching then to see children suffer. The work being done at Children's Hospital Oakland is not only touching and life changing, it is also, vital and necessary. Shaelyn and I continue to support the efforts of the Children's Hospital Oakland, they are tremendous lifesavers."
About Carson Palmer: Carson Palmer played college football at the University of Southern California and won the Heisman Trophy in 2002. He was the first overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. Palmer is the starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders and has been selected to two Pro Bowls. Carson and his wife, Shaelyn, have 3 children.
About Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland is Northern California’s only independent not-for-profit regional medical center for children. Children’s Hospital Oakland is a national leader in many pediatric specialties and sub-specialties including hematology/oncology, neonatology, cardiology, orthopedics, sports medicine, and neurosurgery. The hospital is one of only two solely designated California Level 1 pediatric trauma centers with the largest pediatric inpatient critical care unit in the region. Children’s Hospital has 190 licensed beds, 201 hospital-based physicians in 30 specialties, more than 2,700 employees, and an annual operating budget of more than $350 million. Children’s is also a premier teaching hospital with an outstanding pediatric residency program and unique pediatric subspecialty fellowship programs.