The Derrick Hall Pro-State Foundation and Minor League Baseball are collaborating on an event that will take place this Sunday, Father's Day, at ballparks across the country. The Pro-State Foundation is providing all Minor League clubs playing at home this Sunday with customized brochures and mini bat keychains for fans. In addition, each club will receive one engraved full-size Louisville Slugger Father's Day commemorative bat that will be used to recognize an outstanding dad in the local community or someone who is battling or has survived prostate cancer.
"I am extremely grateful to Minor League baseball for helping spread awareness about the importance of prostate cancer screening and early detection," said Hall, the D-backs President & CEO who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2011. "The collective reach of these ballparks to men around the country has the ability to save so many lives in the years to come."
The Pro-State Foundation was created in 2014 and is dedicated to serving as a comprehensive tool for those who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families to help them understand the challenges and choices they face and how they can maintain a "pro" state of mind.
"Charitable endeavors are an important part of Minor League Baseball and educating our fans about prostate awareness on a day when fathers are honored and celebrated is fitting," said Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O'Conner. "We want to join the conversation that reinforces to all men that screenings are vital to their health."
Following his diagnosis, Hall immediately went public in order to encourage other men to get tested after age 40. Following successful surgery to remove his prostate, Hall is now cancer free and has become a tireless advocate of cancer-fighting charities while continuing to speak publicly about the health challenge he faces.