Each year around the world cancer affects a quarter-of-a-million children. It’s the leading cause of death by disease to those aged 15 or younger.
Tonight, September 2nd, players and umpires all across Major League Baseball will wear special golden ribbon patches on their jerseys and their wristbands to help raise awareness of childhood cancer.
“Advocating for the health and well-being of young people affected by this terrible disease is a cause that Major League Baseball and our Clubs are proud to support,” Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said via a press release. “Through our league-wide effort, we will join ‘Stand Up To Cancer’ and many organizations dedicated to this fight in a unified demonstration of our sport’s commitment to ending childhood cancer.”
In addition to the jersey patches clubs will also involve children battling the disease in pre-game ceremonies and events, for example, the Philadelphia Phillies will have honorary groundskeepers and be involved in throwing the first pitch, and the Rangers will be forming a human golden ribbon on the field before the game.
Major League Baseball has donated nearly $40 million to Stand Up To Cancer and has given exposure to the foundation at it’s most viewed jewel events regularly since the 2009 World Series.