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Vol. LXVII, No. 18
August 28, 2015
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‘Play Ball!’
NIH’ers Spend a ‘Night at The Ballpark

Several NIH’ers were on the field during the “HHS Night at the Ballpark” game-opening ceremonies on Aug. 3 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

NICHD clinical director Dr. Forbes D. Porter and his patient, 15-year old Andrew Marella, joined Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell for the festivities, which included the ceremonial first pitch and the “Play ball!” announcement. Marella is being treated at the Clinical Center for Niemann-Pick type C, a rare genetic disorder involving cholesterol.

More than 4,200 HHS staff, or family and friends of staff attended the game. The Nationals lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Participating in the game-opening ceremonies are (from l) Stephen Burwell, NICHD clinical director Dr. Forbes D. Porter, Andrea Marella, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Andrew Marella and Phil Marella.

Participating in the game-opening ceremonies are (from l) Stephen Burwell, NICHD clinical director Dr. Forbes D. Porter, Andrea Marella, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Andrew Marella and Phil Marella.

In the stands on HHS Night at the Ballpark are (from l) Andrew, Sherri Porter, NICHD research nurse Lee Ann Keener and Gaffar Chowdhury Washington Nationals mascot Screech greets Andrew before the game.

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In the stands on HHS Night at the Ballpark are (from l) Andrew, Sherri Porter, NICHD research nurse Lee Ann Keener and Gaffar Chowdhury.

Washington Nationals mascot Screech greets Andrew before the game.

Andrea and Andrew Marella are featured on the scoreboard. Andrew officially kicked the game off with the “Play ball!” announcement.

Photos: Rosalina Bray, Forbes Porter

Andrea and Andrew Marella are featured on the scoreboard. Andrew officially kicked the game off with the “Play ball!” announcement.

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