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August 27, 2004
Four-Year-Old Jimmy Fund Clinic Patient Sings National Anthem at Fenway Park

Move over Schilling and Martinez, Dana-Farber top doctors throw out first pitch

Four-year-old Jordan Leandre, of South Dennis, Mass., who is being treated for Ewing's sarcoma at the Jimmy Fund Clinic, will sing the National Anthem before the Red Sox-Detroit Tigers game tonight at Fenway Park. Perhaps the youngest ever to sing at Fenway, Leandre has been practicing at his 13-year-old brother's Little League games and is undaunted by the prospect of a crowd numbering more than 35,000.

Next up, the Dana-Farber "All-Stars" will take to the field. They are "heroes" to all who are facing cancer and the Boston Red Sox are recognizing them before the game. Twenty-two of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute top cancer researchers and clinicians will join the entire Boston Red Sox line-up to throw out the first pitch. Many have been practicing for weeks to get ready for this night.

Yesterday, to help them prepare, Dave Wallace of the Boston Red Sox and the team's staff of coaches came to Dana-Farber and attempted to whip them into Major League Baseball shape for their debut. They had their work cut out for them — while these doctors are eagerly awaiting their chance on the mound, many of the Dana-Farber "team" had never held a baseball, let alone pitched 60' 6." They were very grateful for the coaching and the cheering support they got from fellow staff and some of the patients

This is all happening as part of the 3rd annual WEEI Jimmy Fund Radiothon on Friday, Aug. 27. WEEI and NESN are both broadcasting 6 AM to midnight programming that will entertain while benefiting cancer research and care through the Jimmy Fund. The daylong live broadcast includes several special events at Fenway Park to benefit the Jimmy Fund. The number to call to contribute is (877) 738-1234.

The Jimmy Fund supports the fight against cancer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Through its support of the Jimmy Fund, the Boston Red Sox – its players, its management, its ownership, and its fans – have contributed mightily to save lives, find cures, and dramatically change the quality of life for those facing cancer in New England and around the world.