April 23, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. – The Boston College softball team has once again joined the National Fastptich Coaches Association (NFCA) and the American Cancer Society in the effort to StrikeOut Cancer. The Eagles are hosting a Pink Game on Sunday, April 29, in an effort to raise awareness and funds towards the cure for cancer.
BC basketball alum Clare Droesch, who was diagnosed with cancer in December of 2011, is the beneficiary of the program’s ongoing efforts. All proceeds will go to Droesch’s medical expenses. To make a donation online, please click CRUSH CANCER.
In custom with Boston College’s StrikeOut Cancer event, each team will sport pink uniforms, the bases will be pink and Shea Field will be lined with pink paint.
Sophomore outfielder Tory Speer lost her mother, Katy, to breast cancer during her senior year of high school. The Trabuco Canyon, Calif. native went on to become Boston College’s first ACC Freshman of the Year in 2011, dedicating her successful campaign to her mother. Tory’s father, Ken, and brother, Jordan, will make the ceremonial first pitch at the game. Mr. Speer frequently travels to watch the Eagles play and photographs the team with each opportunity.
Approximately 227,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to occur in women in the United State during 2012. An additional 2,200 cases in men are anticipated. According to the American Cancer Society, roughly 17.4 percent of those diagnosed with breast cancer do not live through treatment, although survival rates have increased drastically since the 1960s.
For more information surrounding Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the American Cancer Society, please click on the links provided. For info regarding the support and treatment programs available in your area, please click here.