Lunch with Stroman up for auction to fight cancer

Lunch with Stroman up for auction to fight cancer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Blue Jays are auctioning off a private lunch with right-hander Marcus Stroman to raise funds in support of cancer research.

The winning bid and a guest will join Stroman at Boston Pizza in Toronto on a mutually agreed upon date.

Bid on Stand Up To Cancer auction items

This auction initiative has raised nearly $500,000 since its inception four years ago and a significant portion of the proceeds from this year's event will go to Stand Up To Cancer, a longtime partner of Major League Baseball, its founding donor in 2008.

In addition, this year's auction will benefit Do It For Durrett in honor of the late Texas Rangers ESPN.com reporter Richard Durrett, who passed away suddenly last year, and the YouCaring page established for Miami Marlins Sun Sentinel beat writer Juan C. Rodriguez, who is currently battling a brain tumor.

All of the groups are involved in helping the fight to stop cancer. Stroman volunteered for the worthy cause by making himself available for a unique experience with the fans. The auction will run until Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.