Catcher Wilson Ramos of the Washington Nationals will make a special guest appearance at B2B Baseball & Softball Academy in Lebanon County later this month as a fundraiser for a young Venezuelan girl with heart problems.
Ramos will appear at B2B in Palmyra (798 Airport Rd, Palmyra PA 17078) on Sunday, November 25 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
He will sign autographs and take pictures for fans in attendance; he'll likely talk a little about hitting and how he's recovering from knee surgery, as well.
The cost is $10 for children 6-15 and $20 for those 16-and-older. Children 5 and under will be admitted free. Registration is required.
Ramos is a friend of former Senators and big league infielder Melvin Dorta, who is now an instructor at B2B.
Here's more information on the fundraiser for Vicky Cabrera Mata, courtesy of Dorta and B2B:
60% of the money made will be going to a young girl, Vicky Mata, who is the daughter of Wilson Ramos' close friend. Vicky has undergone two heart surgeries, soon going for her third. Ramos has asked for a portion of the money paid to go to helping her parents with these extreme costs for surgery.
A little information about Vicky and her heart from her website, http://www.livelifewithanopenheart.org
"Vicky Cabrera is a normal and energetic 13 year young Venezuelan girl that is described to be a radiant ray of light with her melting smile and sense of humor despite her current ailing heart condition. At the age of 11, Vicky was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect known as sub aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the left ventricle just below the aortic valve that tightened a pathway essential in the delivery of blood to the aorta. She underwent a surgery in 2010 to fix her condition in Venezuela, but the operation was not successful and: in fact, worsen her condition.
Out of paternal instincts her mother, Marfa Mata, acted in getting Vicky evaluated in the United States by Children's Hospital of Miami, where at the age of 12, she received her second operation in 2011 which involved performing a mitral valve replacement. As we all well know, the cost associated with these types of surgeries can be astronomical.
A bill of approximately $300K was issued to Mata and as of today the remaining balance of $110K still remains unpaid.
Vicky now at the age of 13 is still in need of an immediate third operation which will further add to the existing financial burden that already exists. Payment of these bills should not be the deciding factor whether Vicky receives her needed operation which could save her life. This is why the Live LIFE with an Open HEART campaign via this website has been launched to help defray all related cost for Vicky's total care. Parents shouldn't have to worry about these types of things when they already have a child that needs their full loving attention. Our campaign aims at taking that financial burden away from the parents and having them focused on just their child Vicky. HELP us help her. We thank you in advance for your interest and assistance."