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Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia with a young fan

Dustin Pedroia has been an MVP for both the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund. As the 2008 Rally Against CancerSM spokesperson, he visited Essex Elementary School in Essex to congratulate the school's winning Rally team, which raised $34,125 for the Jimmy Fund. Pedroia also visited the John Hancock Long Term Care division in Boston, which topped the business category by raising $16,545 for the Rally.

Pedroia says the Rally Against Cancer "is a great (way) for fans to show support for my two favorite home town teams, the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund." He added: "I've been to Dana-Farber and seen first-hand how overwhelming and life-altering cancer can be for families and patients. Rally Against Cancer is an easy and fun way for everyone to help the Jimmy Fund, ultimately giving hope to the people who are fighting this awful disease."

Even as a new member of the team, Pedroia was involved with the Jimmy Fund. In 2007, then-rookie Pedroia was introduced by Kevin Youkilis as his surprise guest during the second annual Rally Against Cancer. In 2008, Pedroia was a participant in New Stars for Young Stars. At this event, Pedroia was one of the new stars who signed autographs for fund-raising fans of new and up-and-coming players from the Red Sox organization.