Smyrna teen with cancer invited to join Phillies at 'Go Gold' game, while Smyrna High Letterman's Club is hosting a fundraiser Friday, Oct. 5 during varsity football game.
Shane Higgins, 18, of Smyrna was among the Delaware teens and children battling cancer who were honored on the field before the Philadelphia Phillies game against the Chicago Cubs Sept. 1 at Citizens Bank Park.
The Nemours/A.I. du Pont Childhood Cancer Awareness Night, “Be Bold, Phillies Go Gold,” was part of a league-wide initiative to create awareness for childhood cancer and was the start of the Phillies’ month-long #BeBold #PhilliesGoGold efforts.
Higgins got to join the grounds crew and created the Phillies “P” design on the pitcher’s mound.
He joined with more than two dozen the other children battling cancer along with over 150 of their family members in getting a much-needed break from treatment while making unforgettable memories. Before the game, some of the children got to be honorary grounds crew members like Higgins, while others got to be camera operators, public address announcers and PhanaVision DJs.
Nine youngsters from Nemours/A.I. du Pont and other hospitals took part in the “Lineup of Courage” on the first baseline with Phillies players prior to the national anthem.
The ceremonial first pitch was made by a child receiving treatment at Nemours/A.I. du Pont, accompanied by Paul Kempinski, president of Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.
During the game, children got to help with changing the bases on the field, took over the Phillies’ Snapchat, helped with the t-shirt thrower, sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and danced with the Phanatic.
Players, coaches and grounds crew members wore “We Play in Memory of” t-shirts during batting practice, featuring the names and signatures of young children who passed away from cancer. Gold wristbands and gold ribbon decals were worn by players throughout the game. Phillies broadcasters wore gold lapel pins and yellow t-shirts.
To raise funds for pediatric cancer research, fans could purchase the Childhood Cancer Awareness Theme Night ticket offer, featuring a limited-edition #PhilliesGoGold hoodie, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Nemours Foundation.
How to help in Smyrna: ‘Be Bold, Go Gold’ fundraiser at football game
September was Childhood Cancer Awareness month, symbolized by a gold ribbon. The Smyrna High School Letterman’s Club has held a variety of “Be Bold, Go Gold” fundraisers open to the public, with a final event scheduled for Friday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m., at the Smyrna High varsity football game vs. Caesar Rodney at Charles V. Williams Stadium.
The Letterman’s Club will decorate the fieldhouse area with posters for childhood cancer awareness. On sale at the Letterman’s Club table will be cookies for $1 and ribbon-shaped Philly pretzels for $2. There will also be gold ribbons and keychains for sale.
Donations can be made at Letterman’s Club table.
Kay’s Kamp for children with cancer will also have a table in the fieldhouse area.