A few months ago a family friend passed away after a short battle with cancer. 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.
After some thought, I decided to try and raise some money for The V Foundation in honor of my friend. I guess you could say this is my way to celebrate his life.
He was a sports fan and originally from the Philly area, a Philly sports fan. It was fun having some sports banter with him. It was always in good fun. So that is one reason I chose The V Foundation as the charity.
Another reason is that Jim Valvano’s speech is something that has always stuck with me over time. It has helped me through tough times and continues to do so to this day.
So help out The V Foundation today. Every dollar helps. So perhaps more than that Starbucks coffee today, maybe you could take that $5 and donate it today and help us reach our goal.
You can make a donation here through our First Giving page – 2013 BaseballdeWorld Blogathon
Then follow along during your Saturday football games or soccer games or whatever it is you do on Saturday while I hope to raise more money through blogging. I’ll be posting every 30 minutes for 24-hours straight. Following that I have some great baseball writers that have contributed guest posts on their favorite baseball memories. I’ve read these and there are some great stories to be told. I know you will enjoy them as much as I have so far.
The donation page is open now. You don’t have to wait till Saturday. And for every dollar you donate your name goes into a raffle for some great prizes. I have DVDs, t-shirts, and more.
Thanks to everyone who has supported the project so far.
Also please spread the word by sharing this on your favorite social media sites.
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.