LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers are expecting Chris Taylor to be a key member of the team as they embark on their quest for a repeat. But he hopes his contributions to a cause close to his heart will have an even bigger impact.
After seeing the contributions his teammates Clayton Kershaw and Justin Turner have had over the years, Taylor felt it was time to start a foundation in order to help a cause that is very personal and important to him.
Taylor recently created his CT3 Foundation, which is something he’s always wanted to do. With that, Taylor is hosting a two-hour live music event on Friday from 8 to 10 p.m. ET/5 to 7 p.m. PT. The virtual Home Run for Hope concert will include performances by country music stars Brad Paisley, Jake Owen, Scotty McCreery, Toby Keith and other up-and-coming country artists. There will also be surprise guests.
All proceeds will benefit the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and Roc Solid Foundation in support of the fight against pediatric cancer.
“It’s something I’m very passionate about,” Taylor said. “Cancer is something that has affected everybody in some way. I just felt like it was important for me to use my platform and that’s something that I’m passionate about. Hopefully we raise a lot of money and make a difference.”
Trying to combat and find better solutions against pediatric cancer is something Taylor is passionate about. Taylor had a handful of close friends when he was growing up in Virginia Beach. One of them, Kyle Profilet, was diagnosed with a form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma in 2017. After an admirable two-year battle, Profilet passed away due to the disease.
“He was like the toughest guy I knew and throughout the entire process, he was always so positive,” Taylor told Turner and his wife, Kourtney, in the Holding Kourt Podcast. “It really put things in perspective for me. That was really hard, obviously.”
Since then, Taylor has developed a close friendship with Dalton Fox, a 12-year-old cancer patient who is currently battling his own fight with Ewing sarcoma, another form of bone cancer that may affect bones in the pelvis, thigh, upper arm or ribs.
Taylor is hoping similar events can become a yearly occurrence and to continue growing the foundation. Aside from the performances from several country stars, the event will also have a silent auction. Taylor said there will surely be plenty of Dodgers memorabilia to bid on.
A ticket for the event can be purchased with a minimum $40 donation on homerunforhope.com.
“Even though we lost Kyle and many others, there are still so many kids who can be saved from this devastating disease,” Taylor said. “Cancer has had an impact on all of us. I’m determined to not let Dalton, or anyone else go through this fight alone. Together, we can save lives.”