Be part of something special at the ballpark this summer.
This season, the Larks and Sanford Health will honor and recognize six individuals who have overcome a serious, debilitating illness or disease.
Each honoree and their support team will be escorted to the field during a select inning break. The honoree will stand at home plate while their story is told over the PA system for more than 1,600 fans to hear. The honoree will then take a symbolic run around the bases.
The visiting team and the home team will line-up along the first and third base lines and high-five the honoree as he/she makes their lap.
When the honoree safely touches home plate, the Larks and Sanford Health will honor their strength and courage with a custom Larks jersey, a Larks autographed bat, and a certificate declaring them an honorary Larks team member.
It’s a memorable experience and we’re so excited for YOU to be part of it!
Mark your calendars and join us at the ballpark on the following nights for the Sanford Home Run for Life ceremonies:
Tuesday, May 31st
Friday, July 6th
Tuesday, July 17th
Sunday, July 29th
Saturday, August 4th
Sunday, August 12th: Brave Kids, Bold Cures Night
Be sure to check back to find out who our 2018 Home Run for Life honorees will be this season.
Here’s a look at our 2018 Sanford Health Home Run for Life honorees:
Geoff Mbaka is a survivor. Geoff was doing errands with his one-year-old daughter in
Bismarck last September when he suffered a significant stroke. The stroke symptoms
caused Geoff to pass out on the lawn in front of his bank. Bleeding from his mouth and
unable to respond, bank employees called the ambulance who then transported Geoff to
Sanford Bismarck. Because of the severity of his stroke, it was quickly determined that
Geoff should be transferred to Sanford Health in Fargo for further care. He underwent
two surgeries due to the swelling in his brain, one to remove the skull enough to allow for
swelling and another to replace the skull. Just as Geoff was recovering from the surgeries,
he began suffering from seizures and again had to be in the hospital for six weeks. Geoff
was officially discharged from the hospital after seven months of intensive care. As a
result of the stroke, Geoff had paralysis on his left side and routine tasks were difficult, if
not impossible, to complete. In the beginning he struggled with basics like walking and
self-care. Geoff’s mother came from her home country of Kenya to help care for his 9-
year-old son, Amani, and 1-year-old daughter, Tephillah, while his wife, Margaret, works
nights as a registered nurse at Sanford Health. Geoff received home health care for a
three-week period and is now doing daily rehabilitation at home. He is slowly gaining
back the use of the left side of his body. He is grateful for the life-saving medical care he
Sanford Health and the Bismarck Larks would like to take these moments to honor this
very special stroke survivor and his family.