Cancer Care Centers, ‘Strikeout Cancer’ Set Today
By Space Coast Daily // August 29, 2014
Manatees will wear specially designed jerseys
Event Features A Local Cancer Survivor’s Homerun To Remember
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA, MELBOURNE – In its continued efforts to provide financial support and educational resources to local patients, Cancer Care Centers of Brevard (CCCB) and Cancer Care Centers Foundation (CCCF) are teaming up with the Brevard County Manatees to host Cancer Care Centers Night at Space Coast Stadium on Friday, August 29.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the game starts at 6:30 p.m.
The Manatees will wear specially designed game jerseys to honor CCCF and cancer survivors.
A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales and the auctioning of the jerseys following the game will benefit CCCF.
The community is invited to attend this special event that features the Manatees taking on the Palm Bay Cardinals, with the national anthem being sung by Jenna Panarese, daughter of CCCB radiation oncologist Dr. Todd Panarese, a special military salute, and entertaining on-field games.
Highlighting the night’s festivities will be a “Homerun to Remember.”
At the end of the sixth inning, a cancer survivor will circle the bases as their personal and inspiring story of courage is read over the public address system.
Both teams will line the first and third baselines to salute the survivor and fireworks will paint the sky with the “21 Colors of Cancer” as the survivor touches home plate and is greeted by family members.
Founded in 1993, CCCF was established to assist the countless number of people within its served communities who have been touched by cancer.
As a non-profit organization that strives to provide comprehensive patient and family support services, community outreach and education, financial assistance and medical and research programs, CCCF is widely recognized for its outstanding efforts in assisting patients and their loved ones to more effectively cope with cancer.
“Our patients are our family, and just like any family member we will do anything and everything in our power to provide them the assistance necessary to help them every step of the way,” says Dr. Ravi Shankar, CCCB Medical Director.
“We will never turn our backs on a patient who needs our help, and we will never stop advocating for their right to live cancer free. This event celebrates not only their courage, but it is an opportunity for us to increase awareness about cancer.”
Following the game, all 35 game jerseys will be made available for purchase on www.manatees.milbauctions.com.
For more information about Strike Out Cancer and to purchase tickets, visit CCCFoundationinc.org/Baseball. For information about Cancer Care Centers of Brevard in Melbourne call 321-952-0898 or log on to CancerCareBrevard.com.