ELON, N.C. – For the sixth straight year, the Elon University baseball team will join forces with much of the collegiate baseball family to help raise money to fight childhood cancer. This season, the Phoenix will partner with the Vs. Cancer Foundation to hold a head-shaving event following its 6 p.m. game with Bowling Green on Thursday, May 18.
Players and coaches on the baseball roster will shave their heads in support of this important cause. Over the last four years, Elon’s head-shaving events raised over $123,529 that went toward fighting childhood cancer. The 2016 event brought in $42,431 for this cause, an amount that led the nation.
The Vs. Cancer Foundation works to raise necessary dollars to fund lifesaving childhood cancer efforts.
According to the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts and Figures 2017, childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of kids and an average of 28 children are diagnosed with cancer each day in the United States alone.
The Vs. Cancer Foundation was started by former University of North Carolina baseball player and childhood cancer survivor Chase Jones, the nephew of former Elon head coach Rick Jones. After being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor at age 18, Jones began recruiting people to share his passion for giving support and hope to kids fighting cancer.
For more information on the Vs. Cancer Foundation, or to make a donation to Elon’s fundraising efforts, click on the links above.