Breslow, who pitches for the Boston Red Sox baseball team, founded the Strike 3 Foundation in 2008 to raise money for pediatric cancer research. The event on May 19th at Boston’s Children’s Museum.
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Craig Breslow, well known and respected pitcher for the Boston Red Sox baseball team was just twelve years old in 1992 when he was told by his distraught parents that his older sister Lesley had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
Just three weeks later, Lesley, then aged fourteen, underwent a total thyroidectomy, which totally eradicated the cancer, and she has since made a full recovery.
For a family to go through such a trauma as having a pediatric cancer sufferer in the family, even when it ended well in the case of the Breslows, undoubtedly leaves its mark. More than 15 years later, after having built himself a career as well as a considerable following as one of the most popular and professional players in Major League Baseball, Craig decided that he would do something to help children who had been diagnosed with cancer.
Craig Breslow founded the Strike 3 Foundation in 2008, with its first major fundraiser being held the following year. Since then the Strike 3 Foundation has organized numerous events in aid of pediatric cancer research, succeeding in raising in excess of $2 million not only for research, but also to raise awareness in the fight against the devastating disease.
The Red Sox’s Ryan Lavarnway (L) and Craig Breslow visit with Devon at Boston Children’s Hospital on December 13, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts / Getty
Among the many events on the agenda for 2014, the Strike 3 Foundation will once again be hosting their “Sip Happens” food tasting and wine pairing, to take place on May 19 at Boston’s Children’s Museum
In only its second year Craig Breslow was highly optimistic that this year’s event will at least match the response and amount of endowments that the event succeeded in raising in his debut year, which came to well over six figures, with Breslow being especially encouraged by the overwhelming support that he received from his Red Sox teammates, as well as an impressive list of corporate and private supporters.
“ We expect an even more successful event this year with experience, better brand awareness, and increased momentum in our corner.” Breslow predicted.
Supporting Craig’s optimism was his wife Kelly Shaffer Breslow, who will be co-hosting the event in her role as Director of Business Operations and Development of the Strike 3 Foundation. Kelly pointed out that despite it only being in its second year Sip Happens has quickly become a signature Boston event. “ We greatly appreciate the contributions of participating vendors, donors, and sponsors, and look forward to May 19 with tremendous excitement.” Kelly went on to add.
The Red Sox’s Craig Breslow (L) and Ryan Lavarnway visit with Emily and Dad at Boston Children’s Hospital on December 13, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts / Getty
Since its founding the Strike 3 foundation been responsible for raising funds for such paediatric cancer charities as CureSearch, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Yale’s Smilow Cancer Hospital, the Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and the Conquer Cancer Foundation.
Since its founding Strike 3 has donated over $500, 000 to Yale University Children’s Hospital as a sponsor of Connecticut’s only Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation Program.
The Strike 3 Foundation’s have their headquarters in Connecticut, but also operate regional offices in Florida, Massachusetts as well as in California.
As well as his tremendous efforts on behalf of his charity, and perpetuating a career career in the world of Major League Baseball that has continued for nine seasons at the highest level, beginning when he debuted with the San Diego Padres in 2005, 2 stints with the Boston Red Sox , as well as some time spent with the Cleveland Indians, the Minnesota Twins, the Oakland Athletics and the Arizona Diamondbacks, Craig Breslow has also found time to graduate with a degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, which saw the local media label him with the title of “The Smartest Man in Baseball.” – as well as probably one of the most decent.