Realizing Futures

Boys of Summer Campaign with Jon Lester raises funds for Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation

Boys of Summer with Cubs Pitcher Jon Lester

Jon Lester teams up with PCRF to continue the fight against pediatric cancer this summer with a Boys of Summer promotion benefiting his NVRQT platform. Short for “never quit”, the campaign run by PCRF and Jon Lester has one commitment: to strike out pediatric cancer.

An hour of research to fight pediatric cancer requires about $50 in funding. By donating $150, donors are “striking out” cancer with 3 hours of research, or “outs”. Beginning the first day of the summer season, June 21, supporters can visit to donate. The first 100 donors who donate at least $150 to the campaign will receive an autographed 8×10” Jon Lester photo. This one-of-a-kind photo captures a moment during last year’s World Series run.

Of course, as a cancer survivor himself, Lester had a number of cancer-related organizations seeking his involvement. He attributes his selection of PCRF and pediatric cancer to his children.

“Upon the birth of our first child, Hudson, I remember thinking that I couldn’t imagine my son going through what I went through, and suddenly my mission became clear. Alongside my wife, Farrah, we were going to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research,” Lester explains.

In 2012, NVRQT launches in efforts to unite and inspire children battling cancer, and benefit PCRF. Between Road Rallies, NVRQT Nights, and more, Lester has raised over a million dollars for pediatric cancer research. Lester adds, “we have a responsibility to our kids and to future generations. Cancer is not something anyone beats alone, so we hope to have more people join the NVRQT team in our fight.”

“We are excited to use the summer season and its quintessential sport to inspire donations directly developing treatment protocols; improving patients’ long-term quality of life, and supporting those scientists focuses on medical breakthroughs, said Jeri Wilson, Executive Director for PCRF. “Jon and the NVRQT platform have been instrumental to support our research efforts in the Chicago area and beyond.”

The Boys of Summer campaign runs through September 22nd.  Photos will be awarded to the first 100 people who donate a minimum of $150 during the term. Step up to the plate, be a champ and together we can Throw Cancer a Curve!

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