In conjunction with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the Orioles today announced a new partnership with the office of Maryland Governor LARRY HOGAN to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Ronald McDonald House Charities in the fight against pediatric cancer.
In support of this important initiative, the Orioles will host a fundraiser beginning Wednesday, September 16, prior to the team's 7:05 p.m. game against the Boston Red Sox. Before the game, the Orioles will present a check for $50,000 to benefit the cause and are asking fans to also be a part of the effort. Fans are invited to make a donation in any amount by visiting www.orioles.com/charity. An exclusive ticket offer will allow fans to contribute while receiving a 50 percent discount on game tickets for September 16 against Boston or for the series against the Toronto Blue Jays from September 28 to October 1. Fans can take advantage of the offer by visiting www.orioles.com/charity and donating $10 to the cause for each ticket purchased.
Through this partnership, the Orioles and Governor Hogan together hope to make a meaningful difference in the fight against childhood cancer. Governor Hogan is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment to fight non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which was diagnosed in June.
"Since my diagnosis, I have met countless people fighting cancer, and many of them have been children with battles much more difficult than my own," said Governor Hogan. "But even in the face of such unimaginable adversity, these kids are among the strongest people I have ever known. Their faith and bravery are an inspiration, not only to me and others with cancer, but to anyone facing a tough personal challenge. I am thrilled to join with the Orioles, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the Ronald McDonald House to raise awareness for childhood cancer, and I encourage all Marylanders to get involved in this fight."
"On behalf of the entire Orioles organization, I would like to thank Governor Hogan for his leadership in raising awareness for these important programs," said Orioles Managing Partner PETER ANGELOS. "We are privileged to join with the Governor in the fight to end childhood cancer and to help advance life-saving research and treatment programs for the children that bravely battle this terrible disease."
President Barack Obama has once again declared September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, noting that pediatric cancer is the leading cause of disease-related death for children. A national campaign to raise awareness of and funds for childhood cancer-fighting organizations encourages supporters to "go gold" in September to support the initiative. According to the National Cancer Institute, nearly 16,000 new cases of cancer in children under 19 are diagnosed each year.