SEATTLE, Wash. – Mandi Schwartz temporarily took up a new sport Sunday afternoon, as the Yale women's hockey center made a special appearance at Safeco Field for a Seattle Mariners game. Mandi, whose treatment for leukemia is being overseen by the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Mariners' game vs. the Kansas City Royals. Mandi and her family continue to help raise awareness of the importance of umbilical cord blood donations and bone marrow donor registrations, which can save patients who have life-threatening illnesses and need stem cell transplants.
Mandi, her parents Carol and Rick, and her fiancée Kaylem Prefontaine traveled from their home in Saskatchewan to Seattle in the middle of July in preparation for her stem cell transplant. The transplant, which will utilize umbilical cord blood, is now scheduled for Friday, Aug. 27.
Mariners pitcher Doug Fister caught Mandi's ceremonial first pitch. Seattle went on to win the game, 3-2.
Mandi also met a Mariners pitcher with a New Haven connection during her visit to Safeco Field. Right-hander Brian Sweeney pitched at Yale Field as a member of the New Haven Ravens, then the Mariners' Double-A affiliate, in 1999 and 2000.
For more information about Mandi and how you can help, visit: http://www.yalebulldogs.com/mandi
photos courtesy of Ben VanHouten/Seattle Mariners
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity