From left: Juan Leyva, Victor Sanchez, Jocy Gomez, Jose Valdivia Jr., Edgar Prado, Alexandra Jara, Fernando Jara. Photo: Leslie Martin.

From left: Juan Leyva, Victor Sanchez, Jocy Gomez, Jose Valdivia Jr., Edgar Prado, Alexandra Jara, Fernando Jara. Photo: Leslie Martin.

Jockeys from Gulfstream Park brought gifts and smiles to children at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Monday morning.

The visit was coordinated by Gulfstream Park and The Jockey’s Guild during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Those visiting Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, recognized as a leader in the treatment of complex and critical medical conditions, were Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado, Juan Leyva, Jose Valdivia Jr., Jocy Gomez, Fernando and Alexandra Jara, and Clerk of Scales Victor Sanchez.

“These kids and parents…they’re going through a lot,” said Prado while handing out jockey silks, goggles, stuffed horses and shirts to children and parents with his fellow riders. “If you can bring a smile to a child, it’s priceless. You just want to give something back.”

Said Gomez; “The work being done here by the staff at Joe DiMaggio and the progress being made by these children is incredible. Being here is moving and it’s rewarding to share a smile with the children and the parents. It’s a privilege to come here today.”

Established in 1992, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital combines advanced technology and the expertise of the largest, most diverse group of board-certified pediatric specialists in the region. Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital now has 204 beds and is South Florida’s newest freestanding children’s hospital.