Originally published by DodgerBlue.com
Last year Chris Taylor joined a long list of Los Angeles Dodgers players who strive to give back to the community through their respective foundations.
Although the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic required Taylor to change from his original plans, the CT3 Foundation organized and hosted “Home Run for Hope,” a virtual event that aimed to raise awareness for childhood cancer.
Now Taylor and his foundation are putting on “Driving For Hope” at TopGolf Virginia Beach on Sunday, January 16. Proceeds from the first in-person event for the CT3 Foundation will benefit Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and Roc Solid Foundation in support of the fight against pediatric cancer.
Tickets for a regular bay and VIP option are currently available for purchase. Both bay options are good for six players, and include food and drink for the participants.
Those who aren’t able to travel to Virginia Beach are still invited to participate in the auction and watch an Instagram Live stream of Taylor playing at his bay.
Over the past 50 years, the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters has grown into a 206-bed teaching hospital that is integral to the pediatric healthcare system. Every day, dozens of children are admitted to the Virginia-based hospital.
The Roc Solid Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit that builds hope for kids fighting cancer. Founded by pediatric cancer survivor Eric Newman, the organization is best known for giving Ready Bags to families when their child is first diagnosed, as well as providing backyard play sets to kids during treatment.
The Roc Solid Foundation, though also based in Virginia, is growing both programs nationwide with the hope of uplifting every child diagnosed with cancer in the United States.
Taylor’s personal connection led to CT3 Foundation
After seeing several of his childhood friends get diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer over recent years, Taylor formed the CT3 Foundation to raise money for kids fighting the disease and help the lives of all those affected.
“It’s something I’m passionate about,” he said prior to last year’s event. “One of my childhood friends that I grew up with — Kyle Profilet — he lost his fight with osteosarcoma. I think cancer is something that’s affected everybody in some way.
“If it’s not sarcoma, some form of cancer has. I just felt it was important to use my platform.”
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