Friday’s Bombers game against Joplin will be Strike Out Cancer Night, with money raised being donated to the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation.
The idea was spawned to honor Jill Kindle’s aunt, Janice Sallee, who recently died of cancer.
“It is priceless for us,” Jill said. “My aunt battled cancer for two years and lost her life at the end in January and so originally we had originally wanted to donate it to another organization for a family that is really close to us, but they didn’t have any organizations that they were ready to focus on at that time because their daughter was still kind of going through the leukemia.
“Maybe next year that will be something that we look at putting our proceeds towards their family and their cause. When we got to thinking about it we were like, ‘gosh, what better way to honor my aunt than to donate the proceeds to what my uncle Dave is mostly focusing on after she wasn’t able to survive.’”
Jill’s husband, Bombers GM Jud Kindle, helped plan the night’s events.
“It was his idea,” Jill said. “Cancer runs in his family pretty heavily. He’s lost four grandparents to cancer and we just feel like this is a cause we want to support any way we can to try and find a cure.”
The players will be wearing pink jerseys, which can be bid on during the game in a silent auction.
“Some of these players will some day be major league baseball players hopefully one day, so how neat will it be to say, ‘I have a jersey that belonged to this player,’” Jill said.
Miss Missouri USA Erica Stone will be in attendance and will throw out the first pitch. Center Stage Dance Academy will also be performing during the game.
Strike Out Cancer Night will be about raising money, but also to raise awareness about triple negative breast cancer. According to tnbcfoundation.org, triple negative breast cancer “can be particularly aggressive, and more likely to recur than other subtypes of breast cancer.”
“It’s very aggressive,” Jill said. “It’s the worse type that you can have. We just want to bring awareness to that cause.”
Jill said they haven’t set an official goal for how much money they want to raise, so any amount they get is appreciated.
“We would be thrilled to take any sort of donation other than what we are able to make by auctioning off the jerseys,” she said. “We would hope to make it a substantial amount, but we’re happy with anything.”