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Prostate Cancer Foundation and MLB Step Up to the Plate to Raise Awareness and Fund Research for Prostate Cancer
The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) and Major League Baseball (MLB) are once again teaming up to hit home runs for prostate cancer research and encourage fans to “Keep Dad in the Game” as part of the yearly celebration of Father’s Day and annual Home Run Challenge.
This year Joe Torre, MLB’s Chief Baseball Officer, Hall of Famer and prostate cancer survivor, encourages baseball fans everywhere to support PCF’s efforts to end prostate cancer by delivering an important public service announcement – “to step up to the plate, help save lives and get one step closer to finding a cure.”
“Joe has been a great partner in our progress toward improved treatment outcomes and an eventual cure,” said PCF Founder and Chairman Mike Milken. “His work as well as those by MLB and all 30 Clubs has helped us raise more than $45 million for research programs that are saving thousands of lives.”
During this year’s Home Run Challenge, MLB and PCF encourage baseball fans to visit HomeRunChallenge.org to make a pledge for every home run hit during MLB games played from June 13 through Father’s Day, June 19. While visiting HomeRunChallenge.org, fans can also make a simple one-time donation, sign up to receive more information about prostate cancer, and participate in the PCF Home Run Trot promotion to win two (2) all-inclusive tickets to this year’s MLB All-Star Game in San Diego.
On Father’s Day, MLB players, managers, coaches, trainers, umpires and groundskeepers will wear blue wristbands and blue ribbon uniform decals. Additionally, Clubs may host pre-game ceremonies and use a special blue MLB Father’s Day line-up card. Major League Baseball Charities has committed $50,000 to PCF as part of this annual effort.
Additionally, MLB Clubs will celebrate Father’s Day in specially designed uniforms for the first time. Father’s Day uniforms and caps will incorporate light blue into Clubs’ regular logos against a grey or white background. MLB will donate royalties earned from the sales of licensed Father’s Day jerseys and caps to PCF.
Since inception, PCF has been a pioneer in new drug development, providing key funding for FDA-approved treatments that improve survivorship. Funding support of the Home Run Challenge by MLB and its Clubs has helped lower the prostate cancer death rate by more than 50% and made possible discoveries in prostate cancer that now extend to saving lives in eight other forms of cancer.
Father’s Day is always a great day at the ballpark. There’s just something special about taking in a game with your dad.
This year, the Brewers are celebrating in Colorado, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate along with us!
First, we’ve got a few special Father’s Day e-cards that you can share:
Also, don’t forget about our #BrewersAllStarDad contest. Submit your photos via Twitter or Instagram by Sunday night for your chance to win a night in Fox Sports Wisconsin’s suite.
Speaking of Brewers All-Star Dads, many of the Brewers players are fathers themselves. I’ve been hard at work collecting photos of Brewers players with their kids, and/or with their dads. I’ll be adding to this gallery over the weekend and you’ll see these photos on our social media platforms as well.
We’re also celebrating with plenty of blue as as Major League Baseball has once again teamed up with the Prostate Cancer Foundation to dedicate Father’s Day to the fight against prostate cancer. Here are just a few of the examples of blue you might see when you tune in to the Brewers vs. Rockies game on Sunday:
- MLB blue ribbon wristbands
- Ribbon decals on uniforms
- Blue dugout lineup cards
- Father’s Day base jewels
Through the “Keep Dad in the Game” program, MLB will also be stressing the importance of regular prostate exams as a means of prevention and early detection of prostate cancer. This year also marks participation of MLB players in the 20th annual Home Run Challenge, through which fans can make a monetary pledge for each home run hit during all scheduled MLB games from Monday, June 15-Sunday, June 21. The program has raised approximately $45 million since its inception. Fans can pledge at homerunchallenge.org.
This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart. Prostate cancer affected my family when my dad was diagnosed with the disease in 2007 at age 59, after having a screening. He had surgery in early 2008 to remove his prostate. It was a scary time for our family, but after five years, he is now cancer-free and officially cured.
I’m so grateful that my dad is alive and well today and I hope that the efforts of MLB continue help keep more dads in the game.
I want to wish my dad a very Happy Father’s Day. I love you dad. Thank you for introducing me to this great game. I wouldn’t be where I am today without your love and support!
Happy Father’s Day to my dad and all the dads out there–Go BREWERS!
Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there!
Before I share some of the scenes at the park today, I want to wish my own dad, who is celebrating at the game today, a very Happy Father’s Day. I love you dad, I wouldn’t be where I am today without your love and support!
A few members of the Crew have special messages, too:
And, today at Miller Park, we’re celebrating with blue wristbands as part of MLB’s “Keep Dad in the Game” program, which was developed as part of the League’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness for various forms of cancer. Today is devoted to celebrating fathers and increasing awareness of Prostate Cancer.
Major League Baseball has once again teamed up with the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) to promote Prostate Cancer awareness and raise funds to be donated toward research aimed at battling the disease. This year also marks the 19th annual Home Run Challenge, through which fans can make a monetary pledge for each home run hit during all scheduled MLB games from Monday, June 9 through Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15.The program has raised more than $45 million since its inception.
Finally, today, fans are encouraged to express their gratitude by sharing their favorite baseball memories of dad on social media using #MLBThanksDad. Photos shared on Instagram will be curated on MLB.com/FathersDay with links to the PCF website and father-son baseball highlights.
Happy Father’s Day.