BALTIMORE (WJZ) — September is childhood cancer awareness month, and Major League Baseball is dedicating Friday, September 2, to pediatric cancer awareness.
Every year, an estimated 250,000 new cases of cancer affect children under the age of 20 worldwide. All MLB players, coaches, and grounds crew members will wear gold ribbon decals and wristbands to raise awareness and show their support for pediatric cancer.
In honor of childhood cancer awareness month, the Orioles will invite 6-year-old, Zoe Stauch, of Eldersburg, Md. to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at that night’s game. Stauch, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2015, is a part of the Cool Kids Campaign, a local nonprofit organization in Towson, Md. devoted to improving the quality of life for pediatric oncology patients and their families by focusing on the academic, social and emotional needs.
Fans attending Friday’s game can learn more about how to support the fight against pediatric cancer by visiting Horizon Day Camp at the OriolesREACH Community Booth on the lower concourse by Gate D.