Watch CBS News

New York Yankees Bring HOPE Week To Cerebral Palsy Patient On Staten Island

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - On Staten Island, a young woman is not letting her serious conditions hold her back from helping those in need, and now the Bronx Bombers have come to help her.

WCBS 880's Kelly Waldron With The Story


Megan Ajello, 17, who suffers from cerebral palsy and scoliosis, was dispensing lemonade alongside her parents and New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman on Thursday.

This came after the team surprised her at her Staten Island home with a brand new, custom-made, wheelchair accessible stand, from which she started her annual fundraiser and block party for the Special Olympics.

This was the latest event as part of the team's annual HOPE Week.

Ajello's mom Linda was nothing short of overwhelmed.

"She's not even in the Special Olympics. She's not even strong enough. So, the fact that they all came here to help support this is just amazing," Linda told WCBS 880 reporter Kelly Waldron.

Boone Logan was among the players on hand.

"It's an honor. You know, it's the least we can do," he said.

Buddy Valastro, the Cake Boss, along with actress Melissa Joan Hart, joined in the festivities which surpassed last year's numbers within the first half hour.

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.