The Red Sox have many charities as a part of their organization. But none more important than the Jimmy Fund. In fact, today, August 18 and tomorrow, August 19, mark the 15th annual WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon. The money is being raised for research in the development of a possible cure for cancer. And I have witnessed first-hand how important the Jimmy Fund is to the Red Sox and vice versa.
Children go to the Jimmy Fund while undergoing treatment for their various cases of cancer. And in a time of such sadness and worry within a family, there isn't a moment that goes by that you don't think that it's your last day as a family. So Red Sox players and personnel go and visit the children and their families in hopes of putting a smile on their faces, and 11 times out of 10, they succeed.
This isn't something the players feel like they HAVE to do, they do it because they want to. Every family has been effected by cancer in one way or another, and bringing a smile to a face of a sick kid is just an awesome feeling that these players take pride in.
They don't just go sign paraphernalia and take pictures with families, they go and spend the day with these kids and help take their minds off of all the negatives going on in their lives.
The Jimmy Fund also is full of doctors and nurses who truly care about every patient they've had and each of tier families. They really take them in and fight the fight with them. You know you're in good hands when you walk into the Jimmy Fund and meet the people for the first time.
When I was little, I got to meet guys like Terry Francona, Curt Schilling, Kevin Millar, and Papa Jack (hitting coach) at the Jimmy Fund while I was going through my treatments, and I could tell they really cared a lot about putting a smile on my face, as well as everyone else's. It was those days at the Jimmy Fund that built my love for the Red Sox.
You can make a donation by calling 877-738-1234 or by texting "KCancer" to the text line 20222. And remember, one dollar makes a huge difference in the lives of many children. Together, we can help to strike out cancer.
By Jordan Leandre @JordanLeandre55