Major League Baseball raising brain cancer awareness

Major League Baseball raising brain cancer awareness

Major League Baseball raising brain cancer awareness

Brain cancer tragically took the life of Hall of Famer Gary Carter last February. It has taken the life of at least eight other former Major Leaguers in the last 15 years or so.

There is no known cause for brain cancer, but Major League Baseball has taken it personally.

Curtis Granderson, Chris Capuano and Eric Young Jr. have taken stands to help raise awareness for Voices Against Brain Cancer, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding innovative research to improve diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer and brain tumors.

"There are [more than] 1,000 types of brain tumors," said Capuano in a public service announcement. "This makes effective treatment complicated."

Brain cancer progressed swiftly on Carter, the former catcher for the Montreal Expos and New York Mets who was diagnosed in May 2011 and died in February 2012. Dan Quisenberry, Bobby Murcer and Dick Howser have all lost their lives to the disease.

The Phillies' organization has seen four of its former players affected by brain cancer since 2003, as Ken Brett, Tug McGraw and Johnny Oates had their lives taken. Darren Daulton is currently battling a tumor in his brain.

"Brain tumors are the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children under 20 and the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in males age 20-30," said Granderson in another PSA.

The PSAs encourage those interested in helping the cause to visit VoicesAgainstBrainCancer.org or call 866-526-9255.

Jason Mastrodonato is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @jmastrodonato. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.