This Chicago Cubs-themed Tree in the VGH Tree Walk is a tribute to the late Jaron Sweet, a lifelong Cubs fan who died in 2013.

Along the rows of head-turning Christmas trees, wreaths and decorations on display and available for bidding, is one that is especially sure to turn heads, especially this year.

A couple of days after the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series since 1908, a pair of Virginia Gay Hospital employees decided to celebrate with a Cubs-theme Christmas tree they made and donated for the annual Tree Walk.
Stacy Nabholz and Susan Albert decorated the tree in honor of their father, Jaron Sweet.
“My dad was a life long Cubs fan,” recalls Stacy. “He didn’t miss a game.”
She recalls how her father listened to many games on the radio, “with a ton of static,” just so he could hear the game.
“When the huge satellites came out in the 80’s, he bought one, just to watch more Cubs games,” Stacy says. “He grew up in in southeast Minnesota and he told me as a kid the radio stations were limited but he could listen to the Cubs play. My dad loved the Cubs so much he was buried in his Cubs jacket and all the pallbearers wore Cubs jerseys. Every year my dad couldn’t wait for spring training to start; he was so excited to see if this was the year. My dad passed away three years ago but I am sure he was enjoying this World Series with Ron Santo and Harry Carey.”
While this is the first Cubs-theme tree in honor of Jaron, his daughter says honoring him with a tree has been a regular occurrence in the past few years, with the help of the members of the cardiopulmonary rehab department of VGH.
“We started donating a tree for dad because he had COPD and utilized pulmonary rehabilitation and respiratory therapy many times at Virginia Gay Hospital,” she says.
A couple of days after the trees went up, someone placed a bid on the Cubs tree of $500, the highest so far this year.
About the VGH Tree Walk
Completely decorated Christmas trees and wreaths are donated by generous local individuals, businesses and VGH departments for the annual Tree Walk. Silent auction bids will be accepted, on a bid sheet next to each tree, until Tuesday, November 22, at 5pm sharp, when the winners are announced. The public is invited, and welcome to view the trees any day of the week (night or day) and place their bids.
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