Major League Baseball Health Initiatives
Major League Baseball supports several health initiatives. Projects include the Mother's Day Breast Cancer Awareness, which helps raise money and awareness for breast cancer and the Father's Day Prostate Cancer Foundation Home Run Challenge, which helps raise money and awareness of prostate cancer.
- Breast Cancer Awareness
The Padres and a number of their players join other MLB teams to help raise awareness for breast cancer on Mother's Day, by select players using pink Louisville Slugger bats, players wearing pink wristbands and displaying pink ribbons on player uniforms, as well as those of all on-field personnel. The breast cancer awareness theme is carried throughout the game, including pink ribbon logos on the bases and commemorative home plates, and pink dugout lineup cards. Team-autographed commemorative home plates, pink bats and lineup cards from each ballpark are also auctioned off on MLB.com at a later date with proceeds to raise additional funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit komen.org or call 1-800 I'M AWARE.
- Prostate Cancer Foundation's Home Run Challenge
The Prostate Cancer Foundation Home Run Challenge allows everyone to join in the fight against prostate cancer by raising money for research through America's favorite pastime: baseball. The Padres, along with the other 29 Major League teams, players, managers and owners, team up with the PCF to fight the most commonly diagnosed non-skin cancer in America. During Father's Day week, each home run hit in 60 selected games raises money to fight prostate cancer. Since 1997, more than $33 million has been raised by MLB specifically for improving the process of medical research and improving research progress against all forms of cancer. For more information, please visit prostatecancerfoundation.org or call 1-800-757-2873.