ELON, N.C. – For the seventh 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 William & Mary on Thursday, May 17.
Players and coaches on the baseball roster will shave their heads in support of this important cause. Over the last five years, Elon’s head-shaving events raised over $141,000 that went toward fighting childhood cancer. Last year’s event raised over $18,000.
Vs. Cancer, founded in December 2012, is a signature national fundraising campaign of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to children fighting the deadliest childhood cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts and Figures 2018, childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of kids and an average of 29 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 (elonphoenix.com/vscancer), click on the links above.