Rady Children's Hospital, Padres Celebrate Young Champions

20th annual event raises money for cancer research

The work Rady Children's Hospital has done for years to help kids, not just in San Diego but around the world, is astonishing. It's not just the medical services that set them apart. It's the overall care and support for the families that's so admirable.

Saturday morning at Embarcadero Marina Park, the Padres helped with the 20th annual Rady Children's Hospital Celebration of Champions. It's a relay where 300 children who are fighting, or have beaten, cancer carried the "torch of life" an eighth of a mile each to raise money for the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Justin Upton, Wil Myers, Yonder Alonso, Cory Spangenberg and more accompanied the kids. Over the last two decades, this even has raised more than $6.5 million for Rady Children's Hospital.

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A Champion named James even taught Myers how to calf rope by practicing on a rock. Or, at least, he tried to.

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Congratulations to everyone involved, and a heartfelt Thank You for the wonderful work you do.

(videos courtesy of the San Diego Padres)

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