The entire baseball program has been working hard at raising money for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s Vs. Cancer Foundation this season. Their efforts finally came to fruition on their final home game of the season against visiting North Newton High School. Baseball won 10-0 with a combined no-hitter and a dominant offensive performance. However, it was what happened before the game that will be remembered by those in attendance.
Prior to the game, baseball seniors were honored by Coach Pishkur and the athletic department. Then our special guest was announced. Drew Perschon, a 13 year old baseball fan from St. John, was in attendance with his family. Drew is a cancer survivor who has been in remission from stage 4 neuroblastoma for 11 years. Drew helped present a $5000 giant check to the Vs. Cancer Foundation from Andrean Baseball and threw out the first pitch of the game to senior Michael Doolin. He was an honorary member of the team for the game.
The 59ers were 3rd in the country out of nearly 40 high school baseball teams signed up to participate in this fundraiser. Senior Michael Doolin was also the top individual fundraiser in the country out of all of those teams with over $1250 raised himself! Tyler Nelson and Cam Thornton each raised over $500. 14 members of the fundraiser received over $100 in donations, and there were participants from all levels of the baseball program.
A special thanks to Dave Mays from Vs. Cancer, the Perschon Family, and Andrean Baseball for helping make a difference.
Pictures from the game and the press release can be viewed below.