Sept. 26, 2008
Tennessee senior outfielder Jarred Frazier recently e-mailed a letter to UT fans asking for their support in the team's annual fundraising drive to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through the Light The Night Walk:
My name is Jarred Frazier, I'm a senior outfielder on the University of Tennessee baseball team, and I want to thank you for taking a few moments to read about a cause that is very important to my teammates and me.
Last year, our team took an active role in fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through its Light The Night Walk. Cancer, in its many forms, has affected many members of the Tennessee baseball family, just like many of your families and countless other families throughout the world.
Many years ago, our head coach, Todd Raleigh, lost his oldest brother to Hodgkin's disease. This past spring, I lost my mother, Lynn Frazier, after a long battle with osteosarcoma. I miss her very much and will never forget her.
Thanks to fundraising efforts such as Light The Night, not every cancer story has a sad ending. My former teammate Zane Stone--who was instrumental in our team's association with the Light The Night Walk last fall--saw his mother weakened by acute leukemia when he was in high school. But thanks to the advances in research and treatment, Sheila Stone is now cancer-free and even through out the first pitch at a Tennessee baseball game last season!
Our team surpassed its $5,000 fundraising goal last fall and raised $6,125 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This year, we've set a more ambitious goal of $10,000. We've only got a few more days left.
I'm hoping that you'll consider helping us meet our goal by visiting our team page on the Light The Night Web site.
The site allows you to make a secure online donation toward our goal with your credit card. I've seen firsthand how passionate Tennessee fans are when it comes to supporting their teams, and I'm confident our fans will help us push closer to our $10,000 goal. Every little bit helps, whether it's a donation of $100 or $5. And every penny goes directly to cancer research and prevention.
In addition to donating, we are also hopeful that you'll join our entire team at Knoxville's Volunteer Landing on Thursday, Oct. 2, for the Light The Night Walk. Light The Night is the nation's night to pay tribute and bring hope to thousands of patients battling blood cancers and to commemorate loved ones lost.
Thank you for your time. Thank you for being a Tennessee fan. Thank you for your generosity, and GO VOLS! I couldn't be prouder to wear the Orange & White!
BASEBALL TEAM LEADS SOFTBALL TEAM IN FRIENDLY "FUNDRAISER DERBY"
As of Friday morning, the UT baseball team held nearly a $4,000 lead over the Lady Vols softball team in a friendly "fundraiser derby" to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Both teams are still short of their respective $10,000 goal, and just less than one week remains until the Light The Night Walk at Knoxville's Volunteer Landing near the UT campus. The event takes place Thursday, Oct. 2.
To make a secure online donation to the baseball team's efforts and help it exceed last year's fundraising total of $6,125, visit: here.