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Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz smiles with a patient during the 2007 New Stars for Young Stars.

Clay Buchholz smiles with a patient during the 2007 New Stars for Young Stars.

Clay Buchholz has quietly built a relationship with the Jimmy Fund during his tenure in Boston as a pitcher for the Red Sox.

In November 2006, when he was Red Sox minor-league pitcher of the year, Buchholz was announced as a member of the New Stars for Young Stars team. The following January, he joined Curt Schilling, Jonathan Papelbon and other Boston minor leaguers for the special event, where players meet and sign autographs for Jimmy Fund Clinic patients. That year, New Stars for Young Stars raised more than $30,000 to support cancer care and research at Dana-Farber.

Later that January, Buchholz joined a dozen Red Sox rookies who made a home run visit to the Jimmy Fund Clinic. The group signed photos and baseballs for young Sox fans receiving cancer treatment.

In February 2010, Buchholz was named the fifth honorary Rally Against CancerSM Spokesplayer. He joined the ranks of past Red Sox spokesplayers Jon Lester, Trot Nixon, Dustin Pedroia, and Kevin Youkilis in encouraging Sox fans to create Rally teams to support the Jimmy Fund. The winning teams were allowed to wear Sox gear to work or school on April 6 and later got a visit from Buchholz.

In April 2010, Buchholz joined Red Sox teammate Tim Wakefield as an inaugural Jimmy Fund Co-captain. Both continued in the same capacity for the 2011 season. In this role, Buchholz and Wakefield will be making visits to Dana-Farber, supporting Jimmy Fund events, thanking donors, and raising awareness throughout Red Sox Nation. They hold the Co-captain roles for one baseball season.

Buchholz won the Bosox Club Man of the Year Award for the 2010 season.