Team 9: The Red Sox Find A Way to Help End the War On Cancer

Photos by Nate Photography

The Red Sox Organization has done it again. First, it was the One Fund. Now, come to find out, it has been the key co presenting sponsor for the Jimmy Fund for 61 years, 35 of which has been in support of the Jimmy Fund’s Annual event, the Pan Mass Challenge. Team 9 they call themselves, in honor of the late Ted Williams’s dedication and support for the Jimmy Fund and cancer research. It is a group of dedicated individuals – families, friends and employees of the Boston Red Sox – who, in one day, in one extravagant event, set out to beat cancer. On August 2 and 3 of this year there will be 14 employees, friends and families who ride 150 miles to raise funds for research and tools to find a cure for cancer. Their expected revenue? $50,000.00.

Sally Lucchino, wife of President Larry Lucchino, has two years been not only a cyclist but the captain of Team 9. Among her are 45 others who travel from afar and train hard to support the nation’s number one athletic fundraising event.

The Pan Mass Challenge (PMC) is the Jimmy Fund’s largest contributor that generates 46% of its annual revenue in just one event that lasts two days. This year, over 4,000 cyclists will ride 150 miles to raise funds to find a cure for cancer.

In 2003, the Red Sox made way to rally the cyclists who train hard year round, and volunteers by way of opening the gates of Fenway Park and hosting a series of events and special nights. One example includes PMC Night at Fenway where cyclists ride around the warming track before the game to honor those who have survived. In 2010, the Red Sox displayed the PMC logo next to the Jimmy Fund’s on the Green Monster. The logo symbolized the organization’s 31st year as sponsor. In all, the Red Sox organization has not only dedicated their time and energy into putting forth their best and contributing to cancer research but they have also raised a total of over $2,000,000.00 to put an end to this death-defying illness.

You too can take action and help support the Jimmy Fund and the Red Sox’ mission to help beat cancer by clicking on the site below.



Curt Schilling Announces He Has Cancer

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ESPN MLB Analyst, and former Red Sox pitcher, Curt Schilling announced today that he has been diagnosed with cancer.

In an announcement with the network this afternoon, Schilling stated “I’ve always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges. We’ve been presented with another challenge, as I’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer.” Schilling, who just celebrated his 47th birthday in November, declines to answer any further questions as to the type of cancer or his prognosis at this time.

Having spent four seasons out of his 20 year MLB career here in Boston, Red Sox Nation fondly remembers this ace for his undying dedication to the team, and true grit, especially during the ’04 and ’07 World Series’. Who could forget, in an effort to end Boston’s 86-year championship drought — the “Curse of the Bambino” — Schilling pitching on an ankle that had been sutured more than once through the postseason; pitching with a damaged tendon resulting in bleeding through the sock and still, Schilling allowed only one run in six innings!

Although Curt was a bad-ass on the mound, he’s quite humble about it. Recently, I found Curt’s personal blog, and the following answer he gave in a post answering a fans questions, really speaks volumes to his character:

“From Stephen Cabral

Do you feel under appreciated in New England, considering that you were the impetus for delivering a championship to the most championship starved city in the U.S.?

“…There were so many things beyond my contributions that mattered, but the sock grabbed much of the news, which given what we did I think is a bit unfortunate.”

Any true Red Sox fan knows (and if you don’t then you’re not a true fan) the significance of the bloody sock—nothing symbolized the team’s impressive struggle more, and yet it was also a testament to the person himself.

We at Yawkey Way Report hope that Curt fights this battle against cancer in the same manner in which he has faced all other battles, on and off the field— with true grit, determination and an unwillingness to accept defeat.

Curt, you were ‘Boston Strong’ before it became a popular tagline.

Best Wishes for a speedy recovery.