Warm welcome


Wednesday marked the end of the Texans' off-season workout program, and while the mass exodus of players much resembled that of a jailbreak, head coach Dom Capers, his wife Karen and nose tackle Seth Payne looked forward to their afternoon in Houston.

The trio was extended an invitation to visit the patients of the Clinical Care Outpatient Center at Texas Children's Hospital. They were greeted by Dr. Poplack and Dr. Dreyer, who oversee the unit, and were given a tour of the impressive wing before meeting the children.

The Texans' group signed autographs and passed out Texans' memorabilia to the patients as well as items from the Basket of Hope, a program that delivers baskets filled with inspirational books, cassettes, toys, games and stuffed animals to newly diagnosed children with cancer.

Texas Children's Cancer Center is the largest pediatric oncology and hematology program in the United State, treating children from 35 states and 26 countries for every form of childhood cancer. The TCCC is a joint venture of Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital.

While the patients were thrilled to have visitors from the football world, even more rewarding  for the Texans' gang were the smiles, spirit and warm welcome from the children and hospital personnel.


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