13-Year-Old to Hold Charity Baseball Event to Honor Cousin with Cancer
Donations will be given to the Valerie Fund.
Eight-year-old Leo Jasper is a happy second grader, his favorite baseball team is the Mets and his favorite player is David Wright.
“I play little league, foursquare and kickball,” he said in an email. And of course, he likes TV and video games.
But at the age of three, Jasper was diagnosed with Leukemia and his family turned to the Valerie Fund, a non-profit organization that provides support for children with cancer and blood disorders.
His cancer eventually went into remission, but he continues to receive check-ups at the Valerie Fund every other month.
Jasper’s 13-year-old cousin, David Jasper of East Windsor, wanted to do something in honor of Leo Jasper so he came up with “Going, Going, Gone,” a charity baseball event to raise funds for the Valerie Fund.
Leo Jasper’s mother, Linda Jasper, said in an email that his cousin wanted to raise money to help to the organization that saved her son’s life.
The first pitch will be thrown by Leo Jasper on Sunday at the PAL fields, at 9:30 a.m. and the game start at 10 a.m.
Both the event and David Jasper’s determination to help has given his cousin a positive outlook on his situation.
“I’m excited because he’s doing this for me,” Leo Jasper said. “He’s helping a lot of people like me who have cancer.”
Food, drink and shirts will be provided to participants, and there will be raffles for prizes, including major and minor league baseball tickets and gift certificates to local restaurants.
The event is open to the public and those interested in playing are asked to email David Jasper in advance.
“Whoever shows up can play but participants are asked to contribute $10,” David Jasper said.
To participate in Sunday's event, email David Jasper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To donate, visit http://www.thevaleriefund.org/donations/donate-regular-new.php and enter the keyword "baseball" in the About Your Gift section.