Rays to support Childhood Cancer Awareness Month


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time to honor and remember children and families affected by these rare diseases, and help rally support for ground-breaking research. To commence Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the Tampa Bay Rays will wear special gold Childhood Cancer Awareness Month T-shirts during batting practice prior to their game at Baltimore on September 1.

Following the game, Rays players will sign these shirts and they will be auctioned off on raysbaseball.com, with proceeds benefitting the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. The shirts were provided by Majestic Apparel, the official uniform provider of Major League Baseball.

"We are honored to help kick-off Childhood Cancer Awareness Month with our players," said Rays President Brian Auld. "We're all proud to bring attention to such a worthy cause and to all those working to bring us closer to a cure."

"The Pediatric Cancer Foundation is thrilled that the Rays are raising awareness and funds during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month," said David Frazer, CEO of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. "We hope their efforts will inspire more fans and players of all ages to support this cause."

Information provided by the Pediatric Cancer Foundation indicates that cancer is the number one cause of death by disease among children, and that 43 children per day (15,780 per year) are expected to be diagnosed with cancer.

For the past four springs, players, coaches and front office staff have shaved their heads as part of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation's "Cut for a Cure" event to pay tribute to children fighting cancer. In addition, the Rays frequently make trips to the hematology/oncology unit at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg to visit patients and families who are affected by this disease.

About the Pediatric Cancer Foundation

With its national headquarters in Tampa, the Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding research to eliminate childhood cancer through the Sunshine Project, the Foundation's collaborative research initiative. By employing doctors and researchers from the country's top institutions, the Sunshine Project is fast-tracking the development of new drugs and therapies that will ultimately lead to the cure of childhood cancers. For more information, visit fastercure.org.

About All Children's Hospital

All Children's Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine located in St. Petersburg, is the most advanced children's hospital on Florida's west coast and a U.S. News & World Report Best Children's Hospital. With over 50 pediatric specialties and 259 beds, All Children's is dedicated to advancing children's health through treatment, research, education and advocacy. Programs that include a Clinical and Translational Research Organization, pediatric biorepository and a new pediatric residency program are driving innovation in personalized pediatric medicine and child health. A network of 11 outpatient care centers in eight counties along with affiliate programs at regional hospitals makes All Children's a leading provider of care for Florida's children.