As the University of Louisville baseball team nears the end of it's fall ball season, the team will spend a few hours on Saturday morning focusing on something more important than what happens on the diamond.
On Saturday morning the 32 players on the Cardinals roster will join with thousands of others in downtown Louisville to participate in the 19th annual Susan G. Komen Louisville 5k walk/race for a Cure. The event raises funds for Susan G. Koman foundation for cancer research and treatment.
After running in the event with his wife Julie, who lost both parents to cancer and started the program's 'Home Runs for Hope' fundraiser, U of L head coach Dan McDonnell was inspired to involve the whole team the last year.
“I remember thinking, Kyle Gibson is a catcher for us and his mother is a breast cancer survivor, so I thought, why not get the whole team to do this in honor of Gibby's mom,” McDonnell explained, who takes the time to stress the importance and impact that such efforts have with his players.
“I told them that you've either dealt with cancer in your family and you can understand the severity of the terrible disease or you're going to,” he said. “I hate to say that, but it's kind of the law of average and in baseball we live by the law of average and the averages say someone in your family is going to have cancer.”
The Cardinals program hosts an annual “Cancer Awareness Night” at Jim Patterson Stadium the last three seasons – a tradition that will continue into the 2015 season – to further the program's efforts in raising awareness for cancer research programs and those fighting the disease. The team will play either Indiana or Western Kentucky on “Cancer Awareness Night” next season.
About Susan G. Komen
Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the hospital, Susan spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling this disease instead of worrying about her own situation. Moved by Susan's compassion for others and commitment to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer.
Though Susan lost her battle with the disease, her legacy lives on through the work of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the organization Nancy started in her honor. Komen for the Cure is the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1.9 billion since its inception in 1982. Komen's promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.
Across the country, that promise is upheld by a network of 118 local Affiliate offices. At the heart of each Affiliate is a group of people who, like Susan, want to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer.
History of Susan G. Komen Louisville
Susan G. Komen for the Cure was introduced to Louisville in 1996, when the Junior League hosted the first Komen Race for the Cure®. Just three years later, in 1999, our local Affiliate was founded. The debut of the Pink Tie Ball was made in 2005, establishing our second annual fundraising event. Komen Louisville is proud to have contributed over $5.3 million to the community for breast health education, screening, and treatment programs; and nearly $2 million to breast cancer research.
Our service area encompasses 15 counties: Breckinridge, Bullitt, Grayson, Hardin, Jefferson, LaRue, Meade, Nelson, Oldham, Shelby and Spencer counties in Kentucky, and Clark, Floyd, Harrison and Scott counties in Indiana.
More on Home Runs for Hope
"Home Runs for Hope" is a fundraiser with all of the proceeds benefiting Gilda's Club of Louisville.
Partners with "Home Run for Home" make a financial pledge for every home run hit by the University of Louisville baseball team and all of the proceeds go to Gilda's Club, which is a network of affiliate clubhouses where men, women and children living with cancer, as well as their friends and families, meet to learn how to live with cancer, whatever the outcome.
Gilda's Club seeks to provide an emotional and social support community for people living with cancer as well as their friends and families, as an essential complement to medical care. Fundamental to the Gilda's Club philosophy is that membership is completely free of charge, and that the clubhouse environment is warm, welcoming and non-institutional.
For more information on how to join "Home Runs for Hope" for the current Louisville baseball season, contact Julie McDonnell, wife of Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell, at firstname.lastname@example.org.