April 27th, 2010
Red Sox pitchers Tim Wakefield and Clay Buchholz have been named Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund Co-captains, serving as ambassadors for the Jimmy Fund to raise awareness and build support for cancer care and research at Dana-Farber. Their duties also include supporting some of the charity’s signature events throughout the year, visit adult and pediatric clinics, thank donors, and more.
Tim Wakefield is a longtime supporter of the Jimmy Fund, visiting with clinic teens during their road trips to Spring Training and a Red Sox road game each season, and participating in various WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethons. In 1998, he started the “Wakefield Warriors” program, through which patients from Dana-Farber and Franciscan Hospital for Children visit with him and watch batting practice before all Tuesday games at Fenway Park, and after the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series it was Wakefield who brought the coveted trophy to Dana-Farber for pediatric and adult patients to admire.
Wake weighs in on the honor: “I’ve often said how special it is to be a member of the Red Sox because of the passion New Englanders feel for baseball. It’s the same way with the Jimmy Fund. Every time I walk out to the mound and see that Jimmy Fund emblem out on the Green Monster, I am reminded of the special role the team has played in helping fight cancer since Ted Williams visited with patients at Dana-Farber back in the 1950s.”
Clay Buchholz served as this year’s honorary spokesplayer for Dana-Farber’s Rally Against Cancer fundraiser, and is thrilled he can continue to contribute to the cause: Being involved with the Jimmy Fund is an honor for any Red Sox player, as we are all aware of the long-standing relationship. I feel extremely fortunate to be part of this tradition and will do what I can to support Dana-Farber’s important mission.”
An official charity of the Boston Red Sox, The Jimmy Fund supports the fight against cancer at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, helping to raise the chances of survival for children and adults with cancer around the world. Since 1948, the generosity of millions of people has helped the Jimmy Fund save countless lives by furthering cancer research and care.
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