Help Softball Strike Out Cancer on April 19

April 11, 2014

The 10th-annual Strike Out Cancer fundraiser and awareness event will take place on Saturday, April 19, in UC Davis’ series finale versus UC Santa Barbara.

Strike Out Cancer is a national fundraising drive initiated by individual schools in conjunction with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's (NFCA) campaign.

Cancer survivor Lauren B. Tehrani, from UC Davis Athletics, will throw the first pitch in a pregame ceremony; all Aggie softball players will also don pink jerseys to help raise awareness, fans are also encouraged to show their support and wear pink to La Rue Field that day.

Strike Out Cancer will conclude a community service-focused weekend that also includes softball's yearly Team Sammie Bunny Drive-taking place the previous day on April 18th. 

Fans from either team are encouraged to donate a new bunny, or stuffed animal, at the entrance of La Rue Field, all stuffed animals received will be donated to local children's hospitals in memory of Samantha "Sammie" Hartsfield.

Before passing at the age of 12 to Osteosarcoma, Hartsfield bravely battled Osteosarcoma for nearly three years. Created when she noticed that local hospitals ran out of comforting plush toys after the holiday season, Sammie's Bunny Drive is intended to bring a smile to children, like herself, in the form of a cuddly stuffed animal friend.

UC Davis will end its current six-game league road trip at Cal Poly this weekend; Saturday's doubleheader in San Luis Obispo will start at 4 p.m., Sunday's series finale will start at noon.

Video stream, live stats and live audio (Cal Poly feed) links for all three games are available at ucdavisaggies.com.