Volunteers turn Fenway Park purple in support of Relay For Life

Honorary bat boys with Green Monster at Fenway

On Tuesday, September 3, American Cancer Society supporters turned Fenway Park purple to support Relay For Life!  Our constituents purchased 700 tickets for the evening game against the Detroit Tigers, and additional donations were made by fans at the game who want to support the fight to end cancer.  $6 from each of the 700 tickets benefited Relay.  A large section of the bleachers and outfield grandstand seats were filled with Relay supporters sporting their purple gear. The event raised $5,000 to help the Society save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. 
Two very special Relay For Life supporters were selected as bat boys for the game: Mark Connelly, 11, of Framingham, MA, and James Malonson, 11, of Stoneham, MA.  Mark was diagnosed with a brain tumor at two years old.  Today, he is cancer-free but continues regular screenings.  Mark and his family are participants of the Relay For Life of Natick/Framingham/Sherborn. 
James’ mother, Cyndi, is a dedicated member of the Relay For Life of Stoneham planning committee and a team captain.  James has participated in the event the last few years with his mom and their family and friends.  His birthday was September 4 and getting to be one of the bat kids at the game was the best birthday present ever!  Both boys and their families received a pre-game tour of the Park and got to hang out with Wally the Green Monster on the field.   
The entire evening was coordinated through Area 1 Relay For Life staff working closely with the Boston Red Sox.  They tie-dyed event T-shirts purple for ticket holders to wear, encouraged survivors to wear their purple event T-shirts proudly, and staffed an American Cancer Society informational table at the game. The team is hopeful for another successful Relay For Life night at Fenway during the 2014 baseball season. 
To learn more about Relay For Life or find an event in your community visit RelayForLife.org or cancer.org/NErelays.
Photo: James Malonson (left) of Stoneham, MA, and Mark Connelly (right) of Framingham, MA, with Wally the Green Monster