Blazers spend the day at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

A Portland Trail Blazers fan wears a Blazers beanie given to her by players after they visited the Doernbecher Children's Hospital on Dec. 7, 2017. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — On Thursday, members of the Portland Trail Blazers steped away from the court and through the doors of the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital to visit with some big Blazers fans.

Michelle French’s daughter was one of those children. Her daughter had spinal fusion surgery on Wednesday. The next day, while still recovering in the hospital, she got to spend some time up close and talk with players she only gets to see from afar.

“When they’re not feeling well, to have some people take time out of their day to come in and wish them well, is very nice,” French said.

Portland point guard Damian Lillard said he enjoy making trips like the one the team made to Doernbecher because of the impact he and his teammates have on the kids.

“They have to deal with so much, whether it’s a healthy-type situation or it’s some type of surgery during this Christmas holiday, I think it’s great to come here and lift their spirits up, bring them gifts, take pictures, sign stuff for them, just give them a positive attitude and environment even though they might be dealing with a difficult situation,” Lillard said.

Seeing a kids face light up when he and his teammates walk in the door is also nice.

“It means a lot, knowing that someone could be going through a tough time and that we could brighten that up,” Lillard said. “We can light them up and bring energy to them even if it’s for 5 or 10 minutes. Just knowing you made that difference means a lot to us.”