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Indians pitch in on Childhood Cancer Awareness Day

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CLEVELAND -- The Indians did their part in Major League Baseball's effort to raise awareness for childhood cancer in Friday's series opener with the Marlins at Progressive Field.

A league-wide effort was launched to raise awareness by dedicating Sept. 2 as "Childhood Cancer Awareness Day" at all ballparks. It is a part of a partnership with Stand Up To Cancer to make people more aware of the leading cause of death by disease in children aged 15 and under.

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CLEVELAND -- The Indians did their part in Major League Baseball's effort to raise awareness for childhood cancer in Friday's series opener with the Marlins at Progressive Field.

A league-wide effort was launched to raise awareness by dedicating Sept. 2 as "Childhood Cancer Awareness Day" at all ballparks. It is a part of a partnership with Stand Up To Cancer to make people more aware of the leading cause of death by disease in children aged 15 and under.

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During batting practice on Friday, Tribe players wore special childhood cancer awareness shirts with a giant backwards K on the front in an effort to raise awareness. Both teams chose to wear gold ribbon decals and wristbands for the game.

Scheduled to throw out the first pitch was 9-year-old Austin Gallagher, a two-time cancer survivor who has raised $22,000 for St. Baldrick's Foundation.

Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland.

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