Boston Red Sox fans hit a home run in the fight against cancer by raising more than $375,000, so far, for the Jimmy Fund during this year’s Rally Against Cancer. Now, Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will visit the top fundraising Rally teams.
During the season he’ll head to Essex Elementary School in Essex. The school’s team, called Brodie's Buddies, raised $34,125. Brodie Tolo is a two-and-a-half-year-old Essex boy who is undergoing treatment for leukemia at the Jimmy Fund Clinic at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. His two older brothers are students at Essex Elementary.
Pedroia will also visit the John Hancock Long Term Care division in Boston. They topped the business category raising $16,545.
All the money raised in the Rally Against Cancer benefits the Jimmy Fund, which supports cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
To participate in the Rally, employees and students each pitched in a minimum of $5 for the Jimmy Fund, and then as an incentive team players got to wear Red Sox gear to work or school on April 8, the day of the Sox home opener. Furthermore, the school and the company that raised the most money will earn a visit from Pedroia.
“This was an impressive year for the Rally Against Cancer and I can’t wait to visit the winners,” says Dustin Pedroia, Rally Against Cancer honorary spokesman. “Red Sox fans, businesses and schools all stepped up to the plate to Rally and support the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber in its mission to conquer cancer.”
The Jimmy Fund has been an official charity of the Boston Red Sox since 1953. The Rally is just one program that exhibits the strong partnership between the two, and due to its success, another Rally Against Cancer is being planned for next year’s Red Sox home opening game.
Although winners were already selected, contributions will continue to be accepted until June 1, and can be made online at www.rallyagainstcancer.org, or sent via mail to Rally Against Cancer c/o the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th floor, Brookline, MA 02445. Checks should be made payable to the Jimmy Fund.