A few weeks ago a friend of the family passed away. He was, to say the least, a great guy. A father of one and the husband of a wonderful woman, he touched everyone he met. Sean will be missed.
During his seven month battle with cancer, he remained the same caring man he always was. Even though he got to the point where simple tasks were extremely difficult, he was a proud man and tried to be as independent as possible. He asked people not to make a fuss over him and rather celebrate his life rather than mourn his death.
So taking the idea from a blog I recently started reading, Old Time Family Baseball, I am going to do a 24 hour blogathon to honor my friend.
My friend passed away after a seven month battle with cancer. He was only 45. So in order to honor him and the life he lived, I want to raise money for The V Foundation. I choose this charity for several reasons.
First of all, Sean was a huge sports fan. I always enjoyed our sports talks because we loved teams that hated each other. He was originally from Philadelphia and was a huge Eagles and Phillies fan. I grew up in Texas and love the Cowboys, and thanks to TBS, I’m also a huge Braves fan.
So as you can imagine, we enjoyed some good sports banter. Even though we despised the other’s favorite teams, we respected each other. But it was always fun to give each other a good ribbing about the other’s teams.
Secondly, I’m a huge fan of the legacy that Jimmy Valvano left. The speech he gave at the ESPY’s in 1993 still stands to me as one of the greatest speeches ever. It also touched me at a time when I needed to hear his message.
This is the 20th Anniversary of the V Foundation and over the years they have done some great work. I only hope what little we can do will help in their research of cancer. #PassTheV
If you haven’t heard the speech before, I highly recommend you watching it. You can find it here.
So my plans are to post every 30 mins for 24 hours. Nothing will be pre-written. I will just have a lot of ideas ready to go. During which, I hope you the reader will help out by donating to The V Foundation. Every single dollar that is donated will go to the foundation. Soon I will have a link for you to donate through at firstgiving.com.
I will also work to put together some prizes to raffle away. Each dollar you give will put your name into the pool to win some great prizes. I’m still working on the prizes, but I hope to have a few books, DVDs, and perhaps some gift certificates as well. More information on that will come in the following weeks.
I will be doing the blogathon on Saturday September 21 from 8am to Sunday September 22 8am KST. I will be doing this from Seoul, South Korea so the time here in the US would be 7pm Friday to 7pm Saturday.
The day after the blogathon we will have guest posts from many baseball writers, players, and personalities about their favorite baseball memories. These will be posted every hour or so depending on how many volunteer.
I really hope you will join me in this endeavor. Please spread the word if you can and let’s raise a few dollars for The V Foundation.
If you have any questions or want to help out in anyway, please contact me at email@example.com.
Thanks again for all of your support.
Edit: Our donation page is live now at First Giving – 2013 BaseballdeWorld Blogathon
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.