CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Major League Baseball players are teaming up with the baseball apparel company 108 Stitches to Strike Out Cancer.
The players and the company are working together to make Sept. 2 the first ever Strike Out Cancer Day to help raise money for various cancer-related charities.
The idea was launched by St. Louis Cardinal pitcher Jason Motte along with his foundation, leading to the formation of Strike Out Cancer with Jason Motte Foundation.
The 108 stitches website showcases the Strike Out Cancer t-shirts, with a t-shirt representing at least one player of every team in the MLB. The proceeds of each t-shirt sold is donated to a cancer-related charity of that player's choice.
Skip Schumaker is the Reds representative for this initiative. According to the Cincinnati Reds website, he is heavily involved in a charity called Never Ever Give Up (NEGU) that was inspired by 12-year-old Jessie Rees who lost her battle with cancer in 2012.
"She was diagnosed with cancer and died two years ago, and she was from my hometown. We got involved and kind of wanted to make it league wide," Schumaker said in the article. "It seems like everybody has been affected by cancer in some fashion or another. People aren't real open about it, but when you start talking about it and their stories....We've been fortunate, my family and I, to have two healthy kids. When you see kids affected by it, it just rips at you."
To purchase a shirt and help Strike Out Cancer, visit the 108 Stitches website.