Sometimes our national pastime can be overshadowed by things we can’t control. The goal is to strike out cancer in 2013. Cancer is something that is impacting many lives and the Arizona Diamondbacks and MLB are doing their part once again to combat this monster. Like many others, cancer has impacted my family so I have always been a proponent of events like this.
On Saturday, the D’backs Race Against Cancer will take place at Chase Field. This 5K run, sponsored by the University of Arizona Cancer Center will start at 7:30 A.M and last until the start of D’backs Fan Fest at 10. Cancer survivors and all patrons are set to attend the race with all proceeds going to non-profit organizations in the Valley. It’s almost spring training, which is a time to start fresh and be positive about the future and I believe this race accomplishes that exact same vibe for everyone involved. D’backs coaches are on board with the race this year by participating on Saturday. Kirk Gibson will take part in the Family Fun 1K Walk as well. The Stand Up 2 Cancer campaign is one that has gathered steam in the MLB over recent years. Everybody holding up a SU2C sign during the World Series was not just a great moment for Major League Baseball, but for society as well.
D’backs president and cancer survivor, Derrick Hall spoke candidly about the event and his families battle with the illness.
“I feel like it’s my mission now to drive awareness, spread the word and hopefully stress the importance of people being screened and tested.”
This is another occasion for the Diamondbacks baseball community to team up and raise awareness for a great cause and also enjoy a beautiful day at Chase Field with the more laid-back Fan Fest following the race. Sure, the pink and blue bats are a nice touch in the MLB but what’s really cool is when an entire fan base can link together for the same goal.
Also, if you can believe it, pitchers and catchers report in three days.