SAN LUIS OBISPO – With all proceeds benefitting the Hearst Cancer Resource Center at nearby French Hospital, the Cal Poly softball program's annual NFCA StrikeOut Cancer Day is set for Saturday, April 27 as the Mustangs host Long Beach State in a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Bob Janssen Field.
Cal Poly players will compete in commemorative pink jerseys on Saturday. Five jerseys from Cal Poly's senior class (signed by the entire roster) will be raffled to raise funds, alongside six gift baskets. The program will also be selling commemorative pink t-shirts for $10 and accepting donations at the field and online HERE.
Since beginning the StrikeOut Cancer Day initiative more than 10 years ago, NFCA member programs have raised tens of thousands of dollars to support the fight against cancer. In addition to the money raised, the initiative has provided a platform to raise awareness for breast cancer as well as support for women's cancer research.
The Cal Poly program, which hosted its first StrikeOut Cancer Day in 2007, raised $2,250 for the Hearst Cancer Resource Center during last season's event. During the previous five years alone, Cal Poly has totaled $19,692 for the Hearst Cancer Resource Center.
The Hearst Cancer Resource Center is a specialized resource in San Luis Obispo County for individuals living with cancer and their families at French Hospital. The HCRC's goal is to help those with cancer learn about the disease, recognize opportunity for improved health and build a personal support system and sense of extended family.