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SU2C and MLB Stand as One

Posted on December 3, 2012, 12:07 PM

“I’m just a ballplayer with one ambition, and that is to give all I’ve got to help my ball club win. I’ve never played any other way.”

Here at Stand Up To Cancer, we know the feeling. Of course, the great Joe DiMaggio’s words were about baseball.  Yet from our PhD researchers, to our celebrity ambassadors, to our interns and volunteers manning the phones, we feel the same relentless ambition: to give every last ounce we’ve got to our team – that team being anyone facing a cancer diagnosis.

Cancer, as much as we’d like it to go away immediately, has two things going for it. The first is that it reminds people how precious life is. The second is that is has a way of bringing people together. Like during game one of the World Series, when an entire stadium stood as one to honor those facing a cancer diagnosis, and those they’ve lost in the fight.

Think about what that means. Over 30,000 men, women, and children gathered in one stadium on one night, celebrating America’s game and sending a beautiful patchwork of love, support, and hope across the nation and across the world. 

MLB’s commitment did not end there. Even in the off-season, the league is determined to take a stand. That’s why, starting today and running through Thursday, December 6, Major League Baseball and its 30 clubs have organized a charity auction benefiting Stand Up To Cancer. The auction includes some amazing, one-of-a-kind experiences. You can be a Baltimore Orioles player for a day – eat with team, take batting practice and sit in the dugout during a Spring Training game. Or you can receive a visit from Washington Nationals pitchers Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard to your child’s school and eat lunch with them in their cafeteria. If you’re a Boston fan, you can bid to watch three innings of a Red Sox game behind the fabled Green Monster at Fenway Park. Or win breakfast with All-Star Hunter Pence of the 2012 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. The list goes on and on, and reads like a fan’s holiday dream list. 

The initiative was inspired by the numerous cases of public relations officials in the league who have been diagnosed with cancer in recent years. Yet it’s also representative of MLB’s determination to help Stand Up To Cancer make cancer a disease that no longer haunts the lives of the men and women across the globe – to form a team that’s stronger than cancer, and to give it all that we’ve got.

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