"It's humbling, it's an incredible honor," said Breslow. "I would also say it's probably a common thread among all the nominees that it's not the reason that we're doing the work that we're doing. Nonetheless, it's gratifying to be recognized."
Fittingly for Breslow, Roberto Clemente Day will take place on Wednesday, while the Red Sox are in Pittsburgh.
"Obviously Roberto Clemente is known as much for his work off the field as on, and that's not to discredit a Hall of Fame career," Breslow said. "But any time you can be mentioned in the same breath as him, and alongside some of the most philanthropic guys in the league, it's something I'm incredibly proud of."
Breslow started his Strike 3 Foundation in 2008 to raise funds for childhood cancer research.
"It's nice to know that we're making a difference," said Breslow. "Our organization is as strong as the volunteers we have helping and the loyal base that's willing to donate and support our cause. Again, it's not the reason we're doing the work, but the fact people are noticing must mean that we're making some kind of impact."
Beginning Wednesday, fans can vote for the award's national recipient at ChevyBaseball.com, which is powered by MLB Advanced Media. Voting ends on Oct. 6, and participating fans will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip to next month's World Series. The winner of the fan vote will receive one vote among those cast by the selection panel of dignitaries, from which the honoree will be chosen.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.