STEPHENVILLE – The Tarleton baseball team will bring its battle to defeat childhood brain cancer to the diamond this weekend.
The Texans have joined forces with the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s Vs. Cancer program to defeat childhood brain cancer – the deadliest disease affecting children in the United States.
Started by a pediatric brain cancer survivor and former collegiate athlete, Vs. Cancer empowers any sports team, any athlete, and any community to help kids with cancer. As a signature fundraising campaign of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, Vs. Cancer proceeds help fund local hospital programs for children battling brain tumors and other cancers, financial assistance, and critical resources for patient families nationwide, and groundbreaking research to cure pediatric brain tumors – the deadliest form of pediatric cancer.
The Texans are one of the teams that have raised $1,000-or-more for Vs. Cancer and are on their way toward reaching their $6,000 fundraising goal. The Texans “Vs. Cancer” game will come on Saturday, April 23, vs. the Sam Houston Bearkats at 2 p.m. CT.
As such, Tarleton will wear gold shoelaces when it squares off against the Bearkats. Gold is the signature color for childhood cancer and is used to bring awareness to the deadliest disease facing children in the United States.
“We’re very happy to be partnered with Vs. Cancer this season,” said head coach Aaron Meade. “What they are doing in bringing awareness to childhood brain cancer is nothing short of amazing. The donations and support that Texan Nation has shown so far has been great and we’re excited to bring more awareness to this cause on Saturday.”
There will be multiple spots for donations at the Tarleton Baseball Complex on Saturday.
Fans unable to attend Saturday’s game can contribute by making a donation here: https://team.curethekids.org/team/394951
In Tarleton Baseball’s partnership with Vs. Cancer, 50% of the donation proceeds fund research for brain cancer. The other 50% of donation proceeds fund family support programs at Children’s Mercy.
Dave Mays, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s Senior Vs. Cancer Campaign Manager understands how vital these athletes are to the nonprofit’s mission.
“Vs. Cancer athletes are changing the game for children with cancer,” he said. “Brain cancer is the deadliest and most common form of cancer in children under 15, but each Vs. Cancer game gets us one step closer to a cure. Together we are fighting for healthier, happier futures.”
About the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation
Every day, 13 children and teens are diagnosed with a brain tumor, the deadliest and most common form of cancer in kids under 15. Every day after, they are in a fight for their life. It’s a fight the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation is here to help families win. A leader in the brain tumor and childhood cancer communities, PBTF’s mission of Care. Cure. Thrive. reflects its commitment to curing all pediatric brain tumors and transforming how children and their families are cared for. Since 1991, PBTF has provided strategic leadership and funding to accelerate the number of targeted therapies for children battling brain tumors today, while equipping families with the patient-family education, financial relief, and emotional support they need to navigate their child’s journey. The Vs. Cancer Foundation merged with the PBTF in 2016 and now is a signature fundraising campaign of the nonprofit. A world without childhood brain tumors is possible when we work together to put kids first. Learn more at www.curethekids.org. To get involved with Vs. Cancer, visit www.vs-cancer.org.