Ryan Smith

Wizards to Visit Children’s Mercy Hospital

Who: F Ryan Smith, F Davy Arnaud, D Roger Espinoza, M Graham Zusi
When: Tuesday, September 21 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.  
Where: Children’s Mercy Hospital – 2401 Gillham Road, Kansas City, MO

Four Kansas City Wizards players will visit Children’s Mercy Hospital on Tuesday afternoon to take part in a Bald is Beautiful event in support of those who have lost their hair during cancer treatment. Wizards captain Davy Arnaud, playmaker Ryan Smith, Honduran National Team member Roger Espinoza and midfielder Graham Zusi will all have their heads shaved by young cancer patients in an event that will help raise money for childhood cancer research.

The Wizards will spend time with the children from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the hospital, located at 2401 Gillham Road in Kansas City, Missouri and the event will be open to the media. The highlight of the Bald is Beautiful event will be the players having their heads shaved by the children, with the help of a stylist. 

The Curing Children’s Cancer Fund is partnering with the Kansas City Wizards and Children’s Mercy Hospital to make the event possible.

“Cancer is the leading cause of non-accidental death in children and the mission of the Curing Children’s Cancer Fund is to find a cure for childhood cancer by providing financial support for some of the country’s leading pediatric cancer research,” said Mallori Ramey, executive director of Curing Children’s Cancer Fund.

The cancer patients will also receive tickets to the Wizards match at 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday against the Houston Dynamo at CommunityAmerica Ballpark and be given special access to the team’s pre-game warm-up activities.

The event continues the Kansas City Wizards involvement with Curing Children’s Cancer Fund. Wizards players Teal Bunbury, Chance Myers, Craig Rocastle and Aaron Hohlbein visited youth patients at the Texas Children’s Hospital prior to the team’s game in Houston on May 1.

The Curing Children's Cancer Fund raises funds to support research efforts in finding a cure for childhood cancers, and Bald is Beautiful is one of three groups under the umbrella of the organization.