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Mike Martin's impact goes beyond the baseball diamond

Posted at 6:22 PM, Jun 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-12 18:22:36-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Coach Mike Martin continues to make an impact on and off the baseball field.

One of his most impactful donations was at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, where there is now a playroom in his name.

"We have kids who won't walk for three days and they come in the playroom and they are running around. It's just wonderful to see them feeling better," said Olivia Vincent, TMH Child Life Specialist.

Bringing light to those who need it most, that's what the Mike Martin playroom is accomplishing at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare.

"Our main goal is to provide them with normalization. I want them to feel like they are not in a hospital or a strange place," said Vincent. "I want them to feel like they are back home with their friends to really take away those fears while they are here."

The playroom opened in 2015 and is hitting it out of the park when it comes to the patients and staff at the hospital. Employees at the TMH Foundation were thrilled when they received the donation from the Martin family that helped build the playroom.

"Every donor is a hero in our eyes," said Nigel Allen, President of TMH Healthcare Foundation. "Gifts like this have such an amazing impact. What's wonderful about this gift is besides the fact that its a substantial gift is it continues to touch lives here and make the experience here so much better than if this gift had never been made."

It's the gift that keeps giving to children who need it the most.

"Thank you Mike and Carol Martin for your wonderful generosity," said Allen.