MLB umpires hand out Build-A-Bears to kiddos with cancer at Phoenix Children's Hospital

While many are fortunate enough to head to a baseball game, others have to watch from a television screen, for a variety of reasons.

Major League Baseball made it a point to have not only its players be a part of the Phoenix community, but also the MLB umpires.

On Wednesday, the umpires working the Diamondbacks games during their series this week against the Cardinals went to visit kiddos with serious illnesses at Phoenix Children's Hospital to hand out Build-A-Bears.

The kids were able to choose from a variety of furry friends.

Thanks to the UMPS CARE Charities BLUE for Kids program, the Build-A-Bears went home with kiddos who are coping with cancer and more.

UMPS CARE Charities is a nonprofit organization founded by MLB umpires to help improve the lives of at-risk youth and children dealing with serious illnesses.

So far, the organization has handed out about 12,000 Build-A-Bears since the nonprofit began in 2006.

Phoenix Children's Hospital was the 129th hospital that the organization has visited just this year.

For more information about UMPS CARE Charities, click here.

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