Tampa Bay Rays Pitcher Dan Wheeler Meets Children with Cancer
TAMPA - Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Dan Wheeler recently hosted children battling cancer at batting practice before the game against the San Diego Padres. The Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research (Rally) have brought children to Major League games across the country as a part of the inaugural Rally Fantasy Baseball Tour.
On June 23, Rally took the children to the 7:10 p.m. game, where they met Wheeler and then enjoyed the rest of the night with their families. The game featured four families affected by childhood cancer.
Earlier in the day, Rally visited All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, and met with childhood cancer researchers and handed out goody bags to children on the pediatric cancer unit.
"Rally is very happy to be in Tampa promoting the Rally Fantasy Baseball Tour. Getting to meet Dan has been great for the kids and our continuing goal to raise awareness about the need for more childhood cancer research," said Dean Crowe, Founder and CEO of Rally.
The Rally Foundation is a non-profit organization, which raises funds for research to create better treatments with fewer long-term side effects for children with cancer. In four years, Rally has given away more than $1.6 million in research grants across the country. For every dollar Rally receives, 93 cents goes to research, according to its audited financials.
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