Results tagged ‘ DiGeorge syndrome ’

3/5 Cubs wives food drive March 9

The Cubs wives will host the 13th annual food drive to benefit Paz de Cristo on March 9 at HoHoKam Park. The first 500 fans making a donation of 10 non-perishable food items or $20 will receive a 5×7 photo autographed by a Cubs player.

Also, Ryan Dempster has donated a private pitching lesson for up to four people during Spring Training in Mesa. The bidding starts at $500 and runs through March 17. The auction is being held to benefit the Ryan and Jenny Dempster Family Foundation, created to find a cure and raise awareness for DiGeorge Syndrome, a genetic disease which their daughter Riley has. Check out:

— Carrie Muskat

2/5/10 Ryan & Riley Dempster update

Nice article in NY Times about Ryan Dempster and how he’s dealing with 10-month-old daughter Riley, who has a rare disease that makes it difficult to swallow.

Dempster and his wife have created the Ryan and Jenny Dempster Family Foundation dedicated to raising awareness of DiGeorge Syndrome, which Riley has, and reach out to families with children who have this, and help them deal with difficult situations they face. Go to his website for more info:


— Carrie Muskat

12/16 Great pizza. Greater cause.

On Thursday night, Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster and D’Agostino’s restaurant in Wrigleyville will throw a pizza party to benefit the Ryan and Jenny Dempster Family Foundation to help children with DiGeorge syndrome. Ryan and Jenny know the problems associated with the rare genetic disorder too well because their daughter, Riley, born in April, was diagnosed with DiGeorge syndrome.

“If some pizza will help raise awareness than we are going to throw the ultimate pizza party,” restaurant manager Scott D’Agostino said.

Tickets are $100 per person (kids get in for half price and children under 2 are free) and includes an open bar, trivia games, raffles, giveaways, and all the pizza you can eat.

All proceeds will be donated to the Ryan and Jenny Dempster Family Foundation, a non-profit organization created to support families affected by DiGeorge Syndrome. DiGeorge can cause over 180 symptoms, including difficulty swallowing, heart failure, speech impairments, learning disabilities and immune deficiencies. Recent studies suggest that as many as one in every 2,000 births is affected by this disorder.

“I’ll do whatever I have to do for Riley,” Dempster said. “Not just for Riley, but other kids, too. Whatever we can do to create awareness, raise money and get people in-the-know, that’s what we want to do.”

Tickets are limited and can be purchased in advance at The website also lists the raffle items, which include four suite tickets to a Chicago Blackhawks game, four tickets to a Chicago Bulls game, a Murphy’s Bleachers gift pack, a 50-minute massage, and Cubs tickets. There also are silent auction items, including a Dempster-signed jersey and a 42-inch plasma TV.

— Carrie Muskat