POSTED: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 2:15pm
UPDATED: Friday, February 22, 2013 - 5:17pm
new orleans, la — Tulane’s baseball squad will be raising funds for childhood cancer research through the Vs. Cancer Foundation during home games leading up to the March 8-10 series against High Point.
Fans can donate inside of Greer Field at Turchin Stadium’s gates up to the third inning for all home games through the March 10 game against High Point – excluding the March 6 tilt against Northwestern State. After the final game of the High Point series, Tulane athletes will shave their heads in support of pediatric cancer patients.
The process of raising funds for childhood cancer research and programs is something that hits close to home for Tulane baseball head coach Rick Jones, as his nephew – Chase Jones – is a pediatric cancer survivor.
“My nephew Chase is the oldest son of my youngest brother, who is a high school coach in North Carolina,” said Rick Jones. “During Chase’s freshman year at the University of North Carolina, he was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. Fortunately, it was germ-cell carcinoma, which is a curable form of cancer. So, after four months of chemotherapy and three months of proton therapy at MD Anderson in Houston, he was given a clean bill of health.”
“During his experiences going through all of this, he saw so many kids who were dealing with the same issues,” added Rick Jones. “His goal has been to do these fundraisers to provide resources for the cure, and to provide opportunities for these kids who have been stricken to have the amenities during their hospital stays.”
Chase’s experiences with cancer molded him into who he has become today. In December 2012, Chase founded the Vs. Cancer Foundation.
“Being an 18-year-old and being diagnosed with cancer put me in a world that I could see what childhood cancer was like, and it also allowed me to see the impact collegiate athletes can have,” said Chase. “After I was diagnosed, the prognosis was great. I was blessed though, and when I got out of treatment, my teammates shaved their heads in honor of me. It was a very powerful statement. Over the course of the remainder of my collegiate career, the idea just kept coming back. We continued shaving our heads, but by my junior year, we started raising money behind it, and I realized that student-athletes really had the platform to raise money and bring awareness to the situation.”
While Tulane’s baseball team will participate in full, they are not the only athletes who are taking part in the event. Athletes from the football, track and field and cross country teams are also raising funds. On March 10, they will face the clippers, as well.
The Vs. Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving kids’ lives by empowering athletes and communities to fund lifesaving childhood cancer efforts. The money raised by Tulane’s athletes will be split in half, with one half going to fund research at the national level and the other half going to a local childhood cancer hospital.
Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children. Thirty-six children are diagnosed with cancer each day in the United States, and over 175,000 are diagnosed annually, worldwide.
For those who would like to donate, you can do so by clicking here .