Each year for the past 34 years, NBC 11Alive has honored 11 outstanding local volunteers who have demonstrated selfless devotion for the betterment of the community. The honorees, some famous, some not, contribute to the community in a host of different ways, but all share a deep commitment and drive to do their part to make the world a better place. Among the award recipients this year is baseball superstar Tom Glavine, honored for his work in the community and with CURE Childhood Cancer to fight childhood cancer.
All of us at CURE have long known of Atlanta Braves’ pitcher Tom Glavine’s extraordinary commitment to childhood cancer. But Tom’s remarkable effort to make it to the black-tie dinner held to honor him left no doubt in anyone’s mind. Just two hours before the tuxedos and evening gowns arrived at the Marriott Marquis on April 1, Tom was on the pitcher’s mound clinching a win for the Atlanta Braves…in Florida! Dashing from the mound to the airport to catch a flight home, where his wife greeted his plane with tuxedo in hand before a mad dash downtown for the dinner, Tom made clear that community – and kids with cancer – matter to him. “These kids inspire me. They are the real heroes in life,” Tom said of the littlest cancer victims he works tirelessly to help.
Tom and his wife, Chris, are tireless champions for CURE Childhood Cancer and the children and families we serve. “We have chosen to focus our efforts with CURE because the organization’s main objective is to aggressively raise funds for childhood cancer research and ultimately fund a cure for children’s cancers,” says Chris Glavine. At a time when less than two percent of all federal funding for cancer research is dedicated to solving cancers that impact children, the Glavines’ unrelenting dedication to raising awareness and funding for CURE Childhood Cancer is crucial. The dollars they help to raise fund groundbreaking research conducted right here in Atlanta.
“Words are too small to adequately thank the Glavines for all they give to CURE,” says CURE’s Executive Director Kristin Connor. “Tom and Chris are passionate advocates for children with cancer. They understand that funding ongoing research is vital to advancing treatments that will ultimately cure for these brave children.”
“While the kids with cancer are our true unsung heroes, we are so blessed to have Tom and Chris serve as their advocates – and CURE’s,” Connor adds. “They are making a real difference in the lives of these children and their families.”
The black tie event, held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company and UPS, will be aired on 11Alive/WXIA-TV on Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 12th at 12:30 p.m. on WATL.