(Yankee Stadium – Photo by Jason Schott)
For the third straight year, Major League Baseball teams will dedicate a special “Childhood Cancer Awareness Day” at ballparks on Saturday, September 1, including at Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees will host the Detroit Tigers.
This is in recognition of September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
In partnership with Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C), MLB and MLB Clubs will raise awareness for the fight against childhood cancer by having Major League players and coaches, umpires and grounds crew members wear gold ribbon decals and wristbands.
Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children aged 15 and under in the United States. Every year, and estimated 300,000 new cases of cancer affect children under the age of 20 worldwide.
Through this effort, teams may partner with local nonprofits, including hospital partners or organizations focused on childhood cancer. Clubs and players may also donate tickets, ballpark suites and funds to Stand Up To Cancer or local partner organizations.
In collaboration with Major League Baseball and Starlight Children’s Foundation, hospitals selected by many teams will receive a donation of 200 Club-themes Starlight Gowns, which replace traditional hospital garments with high-quality, comfortable and brightly colored gowns for children undergoing treatment.
MLB donated an additional 3,000 Starlight Gowns to Clubs to distribute to local children’s hospitals or hospital pediatric cancer care units.