Go Gold 2018 was a HIT!

Alexus face paint.jpgThank you to everyone who made our Go Gold Day a huge hit! We were so excited to see so many of our #teammates at Rivets Stadium last Saturday enjoying a day just for them!

The day kicked off with our Fire Truck Pull. Teams of pullers representing each of our #Teammates raced to see who could pull the Fire Truck 90 feet the fastest! Meanwhile, our #teammates were in the truck cheering on their team over the PA and generally seeing how much noise they could get a Fire Truck to make 🙂

Next we went inside Rivets Stadium where we had activity booths set up for the kids to enjoy. How can you not have fun making slime, getting your face painted, taking goofy pics in the photo booth, and playing games until you won enough prizes till your arms are full!

Then it was on to the big game! Each year, Senator Syverson puts together his Dream Team of local community leaders with big hearts. Prior to the game, each of our #Teammates threw out a ceremonial first pitch. The Dream Team took on the K Cancer Softball Team and squeaked out a win over the girls. Look out next year, they are going to want revenge!

As with any big event, there are a bunch of “Thank Yous” that need to be said.

First off, thank you to our #Teammates! This day was for you and wouldn’t be the same without you. I know the weather wasn’t the warmest, but you braved it anyway and we hope you had a great time! Wait till you see what we have in store for you next year!

Next, thank you to our Go Gold Day Committee. Karen, Melissa, and Becky, you guys did an amazing job! Thank you for taking time away from your jobs and families over the weeks leading up to the event. Your efforts paid off big time!

Thank you to Shannon Burbach from the Harlem-Roscoe Fire Department for bringing your truck out. The kids had a great time!

Thank you to the dozens of volunteers who worked the event. I hope that the memory of the smiles on the faces of the kids who went through your area of the event stays with you as long as it will me!

Thank you to the members of the Dream Team for taking time out of your busy schedules to show some local kids that you care! Head Coach Senator Dave Syverson, Senator Steve Stadelman, Loves Park Mayor Greg Jury, Winnebago County Chairman Frank Haney, Rockford City Alderman Chad Tuneberg, Ben Slack from the Epilepsy Foundation, Matt Cascioi, Blair Lemons, & Lisa Clark from the Harlem School District, Ryan Rydell & Jerome Bernardes. YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!

Thank you to Michelle LaVigne of @PhotoMoxie for the Photos. They were amazing!

Thank you to @SolriteProductions for the Photo Booth. The kids loved it!

Thank you to @SpaGirlSoaps for the Mom Giftpacks!

Thank you to Chad at @RockfordRivets for giving us a home for our event! Thank you for all of the extra work you put in due to the recent rain. As you can tell from the pictures, the kids had a blast on the diamond and throughout the facility. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate your willingness to take part in our annual Go Gold Day Event!

Check out our facebook page (@kcancerbaseball) for pictures from the event!

 

 

 

GO GOLD DAY IS COMING!

Noah and Riley in truckCalling all local Childhood Cancer Families! September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Join us on Saturday, September 8th at Rivets Stadium as we support our families battling childhood cancer, increase awareness to local childhood cancer issues, and have fun!

The festivities kick off at 1:00 pm in Rivets Stadium parking lot with our annual Fire Truck Pull! Teams compete to see who can pull a Fire Engine 90 feet the fastest! There will be prizes for the fastest team and the team with the most Team Spirit! Look in the fire truck and you will find one of our local childhood cancer patients shouting encouragement to their team!

Slime StationFrom 2:00 to 3:00 pm, the free activity booths will open up inside Rivets Stadium. Head on over to our SLIME STATION to make gold slime. Get your face painted by our creative geniuses before you head into the photo booth. Participate in one of the kids games and win a prize! Don’t forget, Rivets Stadium Concessions will be open with discounted ballpark fare that is free for our Childhood Cancer families!

At 3 o’clock things get serious!  The gauntlet was thrown down and the K Cancer Baseball & Softball Team will once again take on Senator Syverson’s “Dream Team” in the Celebrity Softball Game! Each team has won a game over the past two years so you won’t want to miss the Rubber Match! The game is great fun, but the best part of the whole affair is when our local childhood cancer patients throw out their ceremonial first pitch and head into the dugouts to coach the teams!cropped-celebrity-softball-game-participants.jpg

What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon in September, having safe kid friendly fun, and supporting those in our community who need it the most!

If you would like more information, email us at kcancerbaseball@gmail.com

Go Gold Day Event Schedule!

fb event tileA day of family fun as we celebrate our local childhood cancer HEROES!

Schedule of Events:

  • Charity Softball Game (1:30-3:00)
    All-stars Mayor Tom McNamara, Senators Dave Syverson & Steve Stadelman, Representatives Joe Sosnowski & Litesa Wallace, Chairman Frank Haney, Alderman Chad Tuneberg, Tim Dimke & Jay Sandine from the Park District, and Ben Slack from the Epilepsy Foundation take on the K Cancer Baseball & Softball team!
  • K9 Demonstration on Rivets Baseball Infield (1:00-1:30)
  • Fire Rig Pull Contest  on the West parking lot (12:00-1:00)
  • Balloon Toss on the West parking lot(12:30-1:00)
  • Discounted Concessions

Free family friendly events from 11:00-1:00

  • Batting Practice Contest on Rivets Field
  • Potato Sack Races 
  • Slime Station
  • Bouncy House
  • Dunk Tank

 

Go Gold Day 2017!

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…

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Awesome Day! 

Not sure which one I am looking forward to more, K Cancer Baseball opening day or Pickles the Clown @ our #teammate event this afternoon! 

Stepping Up!

img_2344As 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!

Good luck!

Good luck to K Cancer Baseball Travel Team players Andrew Johnson and Nolan Wegener as they represent Somonauk High School in their High School Sectionals today!

Coaching 


I received a text message last night that brought up a well of emotion and tears to my eyes.

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….

Buddy Carry!

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.

This Summer, when you are on your field of play whatever it may be, make sure you practice the “Buddy Carry”.

Decisions

No parent of a child with cancer should have to decide between medicine or groceries. 

We are so thankful for the people and businesses who decided to give to K Cancer Baseball so that we can drop off surprises like Walmart cards 🙂

Little Bakers Day!

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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

https://www.facebook.com/events/102987953608841/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%22108%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D