Home Runs for Breast Cancer

One month from now, Canada’s top ball players will converge on Dartmouth for the 2010 Canadian Senior Baseball Championship. Nova Scotia will be represented by the Halifax Pelham Canadians and the host, Dartmouth Moosehead Dry. The Championship will kick-off with a display of power for a good cause.

Wednesday, August 25th Beazley Field in Dartmouth will be the scene as The Moosehead Dry team up with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation to present the Canadian Senior Baseball Championship Home-Run Derby in support of breast cancer research.

Dartmouth Moosehead Dry slugger, Darren Doucette, and the participants from the other nine teams will be sporting the trademark pink attire to show their support for the cause. This opportunity will be especially meaningful to Doucette as he attempts to defend the home run crown he won at last year’s event.

Darren’s wife, Alana, is responsible for the dress code for all the sluggers entering this year’s derby. Last summer Alana was diagnosed with breast cancer and it was a heavy burden for both to carry. The couple have remained strong and have persevered. With a clean bill of health over her last four examinations, and reconstructive surgery required in the fall, Alana has turned her attention to raising funds for the CIBC Run for the Cure. Over the past season Alana has raised $6,000 for breast cancer research.

“I couldn’t be happier with how things have turned out for us as a family, we’re all going to be wearing pink, even my teammates will be cheering me on, and most certainly in pink too,” said Darren.

The CBCF has also thrown its full weight behind the effort and will be prominent in its assistance at the event. Besides the pink t-shirts worn by the players, fans will be able to purchase their own pink t-shirts. Pink ribbons will adorn the field and the fence surrounding Beazley Field. A girl’s team will don pink uniforms to chase down balls that stay within the park.

Fans, young and old alike, are encouraged dress up in anything pink and win some great prizes from proud sponsors like Tim Hortons, Cleve’s Source for Sports, and the Grandview Golf and Country Club. Patrons will be asked to make a cash donation to the CIBC Run for the Cure in lieu of paying an admission at the gate.

In the actual Home-Run Derby, after the last out is recorded for each batter a pink baseball will be used and if that ball is knocked over the fence, a fan will walk away with a prize.

This event will be an opportunity to enjoy a fun evening of great entertainment and prizes while supporting a great cause. “Our goal is simply to make this evening a fun event, but to make people more aware of breast cancer occurrence and educate as many people as possible,” Alana says of the purpose of the night.

As we get closer to the event watch the blog for further updates.

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