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CURE Childhood Cancer Salutes Tom Glavine, a True Hero

This Friday, Tom Glavine will be honored by the Atlanta Braves as his jersey number 47 is retired.  Few athletes achieve this level of recognition – only the best of the best.  Tom Glavine is that and more.  On the field, his accomplishments have been many….far too many to list here. Among them are Tom’s Cy Young Awards in 1991 and 1998 and top three finishes in voting four other seasons.  He won the clinching game of the 1995 World Series against Cleveland, yielding only one hit over eight innings and was named the World Series Most Valuable Player.  He won 20 or more games in a season five times and in August 2007, won his 300th game, a feat very few pitchers ever achieve.

In CURE’s eyes, Tom is every bit the hero off the field as on. His dedication and commitment to children with cancer is truly extraordinary. Childhood cancer became a very personal mission for Tom and his wife Chris when they stood by helplessly watching as the five year old son of close friends was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma.  Chris explains, “The family should have been celebrating a win on the basketball court that evening but, instead, were faced with how to proceed with decisions on the care that would ultimately save his life.  We cannot tell you the perspective we gained from their treacherous journey.” And while their friends welcomed meals, thoughts and prayers with open arms, Tom and Chris realized this kind of help wasn’t enough for them. They became committed to doing more to find a cure for these children.

Most people have no idea how much Tom Glavine does for or gives to CURE. He does it with sincerity and without fanfare.  He gives of his time, his money, his resources. He lends his notoriety and opens his home to raise money for a cure. He spends precious free time with children with cancer and meeting donors, all in the name of making a difference. He caused Major League Baseball to launch an initiative which raised more than $1.5 million for childhood cancer research and brought tremendous awareness to the lack of funding for our cause.. He has followed the progress of children fighting the disease, rejoiced in their successes and grieved their losses.

As Tom is honored by the Atlanta Braves, CURE extends our most heartfelt congratulations to him.  CURE and all the children and families we represent are deeply indebted to Tom and celebrate the successes of our hero.

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Pitching Great Tom Glavine Honored for Dedication to Advancing Childhood Cancer Research and Service to CURE Childhood Cancer

cureglavineEach 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.

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