A day of family fun as we celebrate our local childhood cancer HEROES!
Schedule of Events:
Free family friendly events from 11:00-1:00
It’s almost here! September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Help us celebrate our local #teammates who are fighting the battle and spread awareness to the challenges they face.
It will be a day of family fun that you won’t want to miss! More info to come…
As every organization grows, opportunities arise for people to step up and contribute their skills to the greater good. We want to congratulate Logan Lyman who was installed today as the Youth Advisory Executive Board Vice President of Messaging!
Logan bleeds K Cancer Baseball gold and has been contributing to the cause for some time now. We look forward to seeing what he will add to the group in the future.
Lucas Domberg steps up and assumes the role of Chairman, Adrian Rapier takes over as President, Brock Ashens is the Vice President of Finance, Sean Hesano is the Vice President of Community Engagement, and Logan Lyman is now the Vice President of Messaging.
Congratulations guys and we look forward to seeing where you take the organization over the next year!
It’s High School baseball tournament time. This is the pinnacle for most baseball players in America. While one team goes on to the excitement of the next round of playoffs, one teams season ends, and with it, the baseball careers of many of the seniors on the team.
This is it…
A player that I coached for a couple of years when he was younger sent me a text after his last game. He thanked me for making those years fun and for teaching him things about life. Things like how to treat others, how to handle adversity, how to stay positive when everything is going wrong.
I thought it was interesting what he didn’t thank me for.
He didn’t thank me for helping him win tournaments, and we did that. He didn’t thank me for helping him vanquish the crosstown rivals, and we did that. He didn’t thank me for preparing him for the next level of baseball that he would play, and we did that.
He understood that SPORT WAS JUST THE VEHICLE WE USED TO LEARN ABOUT LIFE. The principles that we learned that made us better individual contributors and teammates will also make us better Men, better Husbands, Fathers, Citizens.
If you are lucky enough to be allowed to Coach/Teach a young person this Summer, make sure you have the right goals in mind. It is an incredibly rewarding experience.
I have trophies in my garage gathering dust. The text message I received will be printed off, framed, and hung in my office at work….
You see it on baseball diamonds every Summer. A player makes an error or a pitcher walks a batter, then the player who thinks the game is all about him rolls his eyes and slumps his shoulders as he makes a disparaging comment.
That’s not the way “teams” work.
To find an example of true teamwork you need look no further than the United States Army Airborne Rangers. Their unit is specifically designed for small unit missions which they constantly train for.
All of their training is governed by the “Ranger Creed” which every Ranger could repeat in their sleep. One line in the creed is extremely important and allows every Ranger to give it their all, knowing that if they fail there will be a teammate there to literally pick them up. The line goes like this, “I will never leave a fallen comrade (teammate).
While Rangers spend time working on tactics and combat skills, they also work on perfecting the “Buddy carry”. If a Ranger can’t keep up, a teammate picks him up and throws him over his shoulder and carries him.
It’s amazing how you can perform when you know that if you make a mistake your teammate will throw you on their back and carry you as opposed to berating and leaving you to your own devices.
Time to get our #teammates together again. We are excited to announce that Wired Cafe in Rockford will be hosting a “Little Bakers Day” for local childhood cancer patients and their siblings!
On June 3rd at 3:00 pm we will be heading to Wired Cafe at 414 E State St, Rockford, IL. The staff there will be teaching our kids how to make and decorate cookies as big as your head! If you know of a child battling cancer (and/or their siblings) who would like to take part, please direct them to our event on facebook at
Can’t wait for tomorrow! One more day till we get to hear from Lucas and Ireland of K Cancer Baseball and Softball at the Rockford East/Cherry Valley Rotary Luncheon. They present just before keynote speaker Diane Hendricks! No pressure guys 😉
There is something powerful about being a part of a team. Your contribution gets magnified when it is in lockstep with the contribution of others who are pulling on the same rope that you are. They say that two horses pulling together can drag WAY more weight that the two horses can individually. I’ve seen the same dynamic play out in baseball and softball. You get a group of good kids together who play as a team for 7 full innings and you will win a lot of games against teams who are more talented. Being a part of a team is special, whether it is in sports, at work, or just your family.
Losing a teammate is hard. At K Cancer Baseball we recently lost a #Teammate, that is what we call all of the kids that we meet who are battling childhood cancer, #Teammates. Through our work, they allow us the privilege of getting to know them and we try to step alongside them, as best we can, during their struggle. Sometimes we are able to spend time with them and over time, like members of our baseball and softball team, you start to notice their strengths and weaknesses. Then, pretty soon, they are contributing to the cause and you are made better because of it.
This was the case with a special young #teammate and his family. His name is Ridha. Ridha was an incredible young guy with a smile that would light up a room. He was incredibly kind and appreciative about everything good that came to him in spite of all of the bad that came his way via his battle with Childhood Cancer.
Like any good teammate, he wasn’t just a taker, he was a giver. You would go to see him with the intention of doing something to make his day a little better and put a smile on his face. You would leave feeling better about yourself and the world around you and you would find yourself smiling for no reason. That is the impact that true teammates have on those around them.
We lost a true #Teammate when Ridha passed from this world to the next. His smile will be sorely missed. There is something amazing about being a part of a team though. You create deeper memories than you do any other way. Pay attention the next time you hear a couple of old guys who played sports together as kids. They can’t remember their age, but they can still remember games they played, wins and losses, and the feeling of just being a part of the team. One day in the distant future I am planning on sitting down with my old #Teammate Ridha and laughing about the good ‘ol times when we were #Teammates.
“Ridha, you remember that time you were in treatment and that burglar thought he was going to do you harm by breaking into your house and stealing your video games and TV only to have the community link arms and “Beat The Burglar” by contributing money and replacing the stuff? Do you remember when the guys on the team won that tournament and they thought so much about how you inspire them that they gave you the trophy plaque?”
I am looking forward to the day when a couple of old #Teammates can just sit around and share stories. While it is hard losing a #Teammate, it does not compare to the joy of being #Teammates. The next time you are around the people who are a part of your team (sports, friends, co-workers, family), let them know how much you appreciate what they contribute to the team. Thanks Ridha…
It’s World Cancer Day today. This was just put in perspective for me. I was just notified that a young fella close to our program was diagnosed with Cancer. Cancer doesn’t care about holidays, it doesn’t care about age, it doesn’t care about your education or your finances. Cancer strikes at will.
The thing is, we can strike back. There is amazing research taking place to one day find a cure for this awful disease. We have met the heads of research personally and heard the passion in their voices as they spoke about their life’s mission to find a cure for Cancer.
Each and every one of us are needed on the team if we are to win against Cancer. If the only thing you can contribute is a prayer, please don’t think it isn’t important. Pray that an answer is given that will unlock the key to research that is being conducted right now. Pray that the advances that have recently come about in the area of Immunotherapy are multiplied!
Cancer will strike, but so can we…