Doctors and patients from City of Hope and Children's Hospital Los Angeles will participate in on-field events during the weekend. Doctors will throw out Friday night's first pitch, while patients will serve as honorary bat kids and participate in Kids Take the Field. On Saturday, ThinkCure! Board Member and YAS Founder Kimberly Fowler will present a check for nearly $200,000, reflecting proceeds from this year's YAS-A-THON to doctors from both hospitals.
In appreciation for their donations, fans will receive microfiber cleaning clothes emblazoned with Wipe Out Cancer or will be entered to win a sweepstakes offering Los Angeles area family theme park passes with a donation of $10 or more. Fans can also record names of loved ones who have struggled with cancer on a portable memorial board at ThinkCure! tables throughout the stadium.
According to Joe Fay, Executive Director of ThinkCure!, "Cancer affects virtually every family in Los Angeles, and we believe this community-wide health burden deserves community-wide support. Today and every day, one hundred Angelenos learn they have cancer, and forty die. Fans can help us wipe out cancer by donating to ThinkCure! at www.thinkcure.org or by texting CURE to 50555. "
Among Dodgers fans taking part in the weekend will be cancer survivor Justin Miller, a young man who serves as the 2014 "Face of ThinkCure!" The treatment that Justin received from Children's Hospital Los Angeles and City of Hope for two different cancers in his life represents the importance of raising money for cancer research done at ThinkCure!'s "home team" hospitals.
"At City of Hope, we have one of the largest research and treatment programs in the country for the treatment of people with cancers of the blood and immune system, including a world-renowned stem cell transplant program. Our scientists and doctors have helped develop some of the most important new treatments for the care of patients with many types of cancer all over the world," said Stephen J. Forman, M.D., the Francis and Kathleen McNamara Distinguished Chair in Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation at City of Hope. "Our work is the result of collaborations with many talented and creative people, including our colleagues at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, with whom we are proud to be partners with ThinkCure and the Los Angeles Dodgers to aid us in our work to develop cures for patients with cancer, both adult and children."
"At Children's Hospital Los Angeles, we have the largest pediatric hematology-oncology program of its kind in the U.S. where we treat more than 1000 new patients with cancer each year," said Alan S. Wayne, M.D., Director, Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases and Head, Division of Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine. "As a home to major pediatric cancer multi-center clinical trial consortia, we are proud of our ability to offer leading-edge treatments for children with cancer. Today, we are honored to partner with ThinkCure! and our colleagues at City of Hope as we work together to make advancements in cancer treatment through research and clinical care."