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Bud Norris gives back to the community in a big way

"There is a lot of stuff going on out there in the world besides baseball."

Astros pitcher (and community activist) Bud Norris met with 20 people from the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance at Minute Maid Park on Friday night as part of his Team 20 program.

Candlelighters are parents of children who have had cancer and can serve as emotional support for families currently dealing with the disease. The program provides “practical support such as parking, meal passes, grocery store gift certificates and funeral assistance.”

Through his three-year-old Team 20 program, Bud Norris has provided families with tickets, met with 20 members of the program before every Friday home game and visited young children affected by cancer.

 “Anytime you can give back to the community and doing all kinds of stuff like that, it is really important,” Norris said. “I really get to see all of the smiles and bright faces, that kind of brings a lot to me on my Fridays. To have my Team 20 out here on Friday nights is really a special thing.”

-- Rachel Frey / MLB.com Real-Time Correspondent

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