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Cleveland Indians Make Time for Sick Teen During Spring Training
For the Cleveland Indians, it is not always about wins, losses, payroll levels, and which player will play what position once the season begins. Baseball is both a business and a game, but away from both, they realize there are often more important things occurring in the world around them.
Late last week, GM Chris Antonetti, INF Jason Kipnis, MGR Manny Acta, and RHP Vinnie Pestano took time out of their very busy spring schedule to do something special—pay a visit to a young fan. It was a selfless act that made the day of a sick 13-year-old.
Clayton Turner is a huge baseball fan from Buckeye, Ariz., who was recently diagnosed with a disease called Ewing Sarcoma. After he was having a difficult time throwing a baseball, his parents (Chad and Amy), as well as his younger brother (Carson), took him to the doctor shortly after the pain did not go away. It was discovered the pain was caused by a cancerous tumor developing within his body.
His rare condition affects only about 100 adolescents each year. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment a Phoenix Children's hospital.
Antonetti, Kipnis, Acta, and Pestano spent some time with the Turner family and presented Clayton with a few special "Indians" gifts. It was a small gesture by the club to help the family to forget all they have been going through, at least for a short while.
In addition to their community involvement in their spring home of Goodyear, Ariz., the Cleveland Indians also serve the northeast Ohio community by providing a multitude of initiatives and programs throughout the year.
One such program is Cleveland Indians Kick-It.
Kick-It is a national grassroots fundraising organization that unites communities in the fight against Pediatric & Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer through a simple fun game that everyone can play: Kickball."
And 100 percent of money raised through the Kick-It program goes to Pediatric & AYA Cancer Research. Groups that raise a total of at least $2,500 can send a team to play on Progressive Field. To date, over $700,000 has been raised through the Indians partnership.
As for Clayton, we can all hope for a speedy recovery.
Email correspondence - Danielle Cherry, Cleveland Indians
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