For Game 4 of the World Series yesterday, MLB continued their partnership with Stand up to Cancer. Everyone in the crowd was given a card on the way in to the ballpark with the sentence ‘I stand up for…’, with a space to fill in the name of someone they know who has been affected by cancer. To start with, the organisers didn’t want to intrude on the player’s preparations for the game, but apparently when the players heard about it they wanted to get involved too, so when the time came for everyone to hold up their cards, the two dugouts were lined with players holding up their own card and showing support along with the 51,539 people standing in the crowd.
They say that everyone nowadays knows someone who has been affected by cancer, and it is really heart warming to see that as well as raising money for finding a cure, we can honour those that have been lost and support those that are still fighting, and those that have fought successfully and made it out the other side.
I lost my Grandad to cancer while I was still at school, and it was tough. Hospices like Wheatfields Hospice (who cared for my Grandad) do fantastic work, but I am looking forward to the day when we can find a cure for this horrible disease. The worst part was knowing that there was nothing that could be done, but we can keep hope in the work that these fantastic organisations carry out that the future will be brighter.
For more information about Stand up to Cancer and the amazing work that they do, visit the SU2C website.