Reds sport gold in fight against childhood cancer

Reds sport gold in fight against childhood cancer

CINCINNATI -- The Reds participated in a league-wide effort to raise childhood cancer awareness on Friday, sporting bright gold wrist bands and ribbon logos in their 3-2 walk-off win against the Cardinals.

It marks the new league initiative to commemorate September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children 15 or younger, with an estimated 250,000 new diagnoses worldwide every year.

MLB fights Childhood Cancer

The initiative hits close to home for the Reds, with Great American Ball Park lying less than four miles from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital, which has a special Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute, as well as a Cancer Survivorship Center.

As part of the event, Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen visited children at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital, and the team hosted a guest from the Make-A-Wish Foundation to participate in a player meet-and-greet during batting practice.

Cody Pace is a reporter for based in Cincinnati. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.