The Chicago White Sox will once again join Major League Baseball and all MLB Clubs in a league-wide effort to raise childhood cancer awareness by dedicating a special "Childhood Cancer Awareness Day" on Friday, September 1.
Earlier today, White Sox players along with mascot Southpaw visited patients and their families at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, signing autographs and delivering White Sox gifts in the Thrall Family Playroom and other patient areas.
Later at the White Sox game at Guaranteed Rate Field, young patients from hospital will don special gold White Sox capes while participating in pregame activities, including the "Kids Take the Field" event and announcing "Play ball!"
In addition, the White Sox will team up with Love Your Melon - an organization that provides hats to children battling cancer - to hold "Love Your Melon Night" on Tuesday, September 5, offering the first 500 ticket purchasers a special package that includes a game ticket and a White Sox beanie. A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to Love Your Melon's nonprofit partners, supporting the field of pediatric oncology, cancer research and immediate support for families of children battling cancer.
The White Sox also partner with Rush University Medical Center to offer fans a limited edition White Sox cap that features a multi-colored ribbon representing various cancer awareness colors for $29.99 at Guaranteed Rate Field. Proceeds from the cap will be donated to cancer research and treatment initiatives at Chicago White Sox Charities and Rush University Children's Hospital. Rush University Medical Center is an academic health system whose mission is to improve the health of the patients and the diverse communities it serves with nationally recognized health care, education, research and a commitment to community partnerships.
In partnership with Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), MLB has encouraged clubs to support this initiative, which began in 2016, in commemoration of childhood cancer awareness month through a variety of special activations. On September 1, all Major League players, coaches, umpires and grounds crew members will wear gold ribbon decals and wristbands to further promote awareness for childhood cancer, which is the leading cause of death by disease in children aged 15 and under in the United States. Every year, an estimated 300,000 new cases of cancer affect children under the age of 20 worldwide.
MLB and the 30 clubs have supported the fight against cancer over the years. As Stand Up To Cancer's founding donor, Major League Baseball has provided both financial support (more than $40 million) and opportunities to raise awareness for Stand Up To Cancer's efforts by encouraging fans around the world to get involved. MLB has recognized SU2C at its jewel events since the 2009 World Series.