#KCancer14: Today Major Leaguers & 108 Stitches host Strikeout Cancer Day
Today Major League baseball players will stand together as one and do their collective-best to “strikeout cancer,” when they host a player-led initiative to raise awareness and funds for cancer-related charities across the United States.
“Strikeout Cancer Day” is an extension to an ongoing initiative spearheaded by St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher, Jason Motte. Today, players throughout the league will wear K Cancer t-shirts emblazoned with a large, backward K (the notation for a strikeout “looking” in baseball scoring) in colors representative of their team cities. Each team will be supporting a different cancer-based charitable organization, selected at the suggestion of one player representative on behalf of that team.
By wearing their K Cancer shirts on the way to the ballpark, in the clubhouse, in the batting cage, or after the game, the players hope their support for each other and their fans will bring attention to this initiative and encourage others to do what they can to “strikeout cancer.”
Fans who have purchased K Cancer shirts are encouraged to wear them today. Fans can support this initiative by purchasing K Cancer shirts at www.108stitches.com. Proceeds from every K Cancer T-shirt sold are split between the Jason Motte Foundation and the charity selected by the player representative, who in many cases has a personal attachment to the charity because of someone he knows who has or had cancer. In addition, the MLBPA will contribute its customary licensing fee to the brain tumor program at Columbia University Medical Center in memory of Michael Weiner, the former MLBPA executive director who passed away last November after a 15-month battle with brain cancer.
The Milwaukee Brewers Player representative is Yovani Gallardo and his charity is Brewers Community Foundation (with funds earmarked for breast cancer prevention and research). Other Brewers pitchers are wearing the shirt today as well:
For the complete list of Player representatives and their chosen charities, please click here.
In addition to today’s league-wide #KCancer14 initiative, we’ll be hosting a special event of our own in support of breast cancer research and treatment this Saturday, September 6. Join fight against breast cancer as the Brewers, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and thousands of Brewers fans partner together to “Pink Out” Miller Park. For more details on this event, click here. Hope to see you there!