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Phils join fight against cancer with special auction

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Phillies and every other team in Major League Baseball are holding a unique online auction this week, with the Phils including three fan experiences to benefit cancer research.

These Winter Meetings include an Auction to benefit Stand Up To Cancer, which MLB has supported since 2008 as founding sponsor. Public relations representatives from all 30 clubs were inspired to act based on individual club members impacted by the disease, and they jointly organized the auction and announced it Monday in Nashville with MLB staff. Bidding closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday with more than 70 baseball-related experiences ranging from clubhouse tours by players to lunches with general managers to team bus rides to meet-and-greets with 14 Hall of Fame players.

"We have had several front-office employees who have battled cancer and won," Phillies vice president of communications Bonnie Clark said. "Others have not been as fortunate. If our involvement in this initiative helps SU2C to achieve its mission of finding a cure, then we all will be winners.

"The offerings that all clubs have donated are beyond impressive. We hope fans will bid on them to raise funds for such a meaningful cause."

The Phillies have three experiences available in the auction:

• Meet-and-greet with left-hander Cliff Lee, plus dinner in the Phillies' executive dining room and tickets to a game.

• Breakfast with the Phillie Phanatic for four people in the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park.

• Luncheon for two with Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. in the Diamond Club. The winners will receive a gift bag and an autographed item from Amaro.

"The Cliff Lee meet-and-greet seemed like a natural, given that his son Jaxon is a survivor," Clark said. "We intend to make all three offerings a special experience for the winners."

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