January 6, 2007
Red Sox stars pitch in to strike out cancer
Curt Schilling and Shannon Grenham give New Stars for Young Stars two thumbs up.
Boston Red Sox pitchers signed autographs at Jillian's Boston on Saturday, January 6, to help the Jimmy Fund in its effort to strike out cancer. With an all-star line-up, "New Stars for Young Stars II" raised more than $30,000 to support cancer care and research at Dana-Farber.
Curt Schilling, one not-so-new star, signed autographs with Jonathan Papelbon and his brother Josh, who is in the Red Sox minor league system, Craig Hansen, Manny DelCarmen, Lenny DiNardo, and David Pauley. Red Sox minor-league pitcher of the year Clay Buchholz and Kason Gabbard were also on the New Stars team. Prior to the public autograph session, the players met privately with some of Dana-Farber's youngest stars — patients from the Jimmy Fund Clinic. Together they talked, played pool, and went bowling.
Jonathan Papelbon signs a Red Sox jersey for Jake Macguire.
Schilling tried to visit with as many Jimmy Fund Clinic children as time allowed. "This is one of those times I realize that life is not just a game," said Schilling. "It is about making memories for families and their kids." Kim Macguire went to New Stars with her 6-year-old son Jake, who is a Jimmy Fund Clinic patient. "We had a tough week," said Macguire, "so to do something like this is priceless." She added that the best part of the day was actually watching Jake play with kids from the Clinic outside of the Clinic. "The players are a bonus. Jake loves to meet the Red Sox, especially Papelbon, but like many of the younger children, they don't know who half of the players are."
This year's event honored Jon Lester, the Red Sox pitcher who underwent treatment for anaplastic large cell lymphoma during the off-season. Jimmy Fund Clinic kids signed a large card for him, and his teammates said a few words of support.
New Stars for Young Stars II was hosted by the Jimmy Fund Council of Greater Boston.