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Dodgers’ Kiké Hernandez And Fred Claire Participate In Rose Parade



The Rose Parade will have a hint of Dodgers blue this year thanks to Kiké Hernandez and Fred Claire. On Monday morning, both Hernandez and Claire rode on the City of Hope float through the streets of Pasadena.

Fred Claire found out in August of 2016 that he had squamous cell carcinoma in his jaw. He then had 28 lymph nodes and a nerve removed, underwent 33 radiation treatments, and seven rounds of chemotherapy all at City of Hope.

Here is what he had to say about his experience there:

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“I know a little bit about team play,” Claire said. “And from what I’ve seen here at City of Hope, it’s a total team effort. The whole operation is coordinated – it’s seamless and impressive. It takes everyone – from the volunteers to the nurses to the doctors – working together to create a winning team. And that’s what they’ve got here. From my experience, there isn’t a time when someone lets you down.”

Kiké Hernandez’ life was greatly affected in 2016 when his father was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Hernandez had this to say about his father and the sacrifices that he has made:

latimes.com

“I had a dad where he sacrificed everything to be there with me, and to help me get a career out of this. His dream was to become a big league player. That didn’t happen. He’s basically living not only his dream, but his son’s dream. So it’s extremely special for him. That is a day that neither of us are going to forget one bit, for the rest of our lives.”

Father and son happily accepted Forman’s invitation to ride on the City of Hope float, even if it meant celebrating a new year away from home.

Happy New Year to all of Dodgers Nation, especially to the Hernandez and Claire family. Here is to making huge strides to finding a cure in 2018!

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Written by Alex Perez

Whittier College Alumnus.
Editor In Chief of Dodgers Nation.
Lifelong Dodgers fan.

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