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TODAY news for Thursday, March 26, 2007

Loma Linda University Children's Hospital news

Harlem Globetrotters player visits Children’s Hospital

Anthony Blakes, who plays guard for the Harlem Globetrotters, visits with Saige Asmus, a 6-year-old patient from San Jacinto.
Anthony Blakes, who plays guard for the Harlem Globetrotters, visits with Saige Asmus, a 6-year-old patient from San Jacinto.
On Tuesday, February 6, Anthony Blakes of the Harlem Globetrotters visited Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital to spread smiles and good cheer to patients. This was the first visit for Mr. Blakes to the Children’s Hospital.

At 6 feet 2 inches and 188 pounds, Mr. Blakes began playing guard for the Harlem Globetrotters in 2003. Prior to the Globetrotters, Mr. Blakes played professionally in the CBA, NBDL, and Finland. He went to Trevor G. Browne High School in Phoenix, Arizona, and graduated from Wyoming State  University in 2000.

At the Children’s Hospital, Mr. Blakes visited several units, signing autographs and showing off some fancy spins of the basketball on his finger.

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, opened in 1994, has 256 beds dedicated to caring for the special needs of children patients. The Children’s Hospital is the only level I regional trauma center covering a four-county area that includes Riverside, San Bernardino, Inyo, and Mono Counties.

By Preston Clarke Smith

TODAY news for Thursday, March 26, 2007