Eight Hour Baseball “Pitching” Fundraiser for Cancer Research

Photo by: Cpl. Santiago Colon, Jr. - Lance Cpl. Cory D. Polom, combat correspondent, Cherry Point public affairs, throws the ceremonial first pitch, Morehead City Marlins baseball game

Photo by: Cpl. Santiago Colon, Jr. – Lance Cpl. Cory D. Polom, combat correspondent, Cherry Point public affairs, throws the ceremonial first pitch, Morehead City Marlins baseball game

Join Cory D. Polom for a fundraiser to raise money for cancer research by pitching for eight hours at Creekside Park, in New Bern, NC on March 23, 2013 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

I began thinking of a way to give back to the fight against cancer after learning my cousin was diagnosed for a second time in her life a few years ago. Since then she has beaten cancer again; however, in early August 2012 my Grandfather passed away from cancer. As heart breaking as it was, I lost someone who was very influential in my life.

On August 26, 2012 my Father-in-Law, Larry L. Barz, passed away from Stage-4-Lung Cancer. My family wasn’t in the clear of the sorrow that the cancer bug had brought on as two days before Thanksgiving my Uncle passed following a battle over the previous two years.

Following this last passing, I vowed to use the gift God has given me to give back to the fight against cancer.

On March 23, I will be pitching for 8 hours strait. Also during that time, I will invite any and all baseball players, from MLB players to weekend warriors, to come and for a donation of $5 or more will get to take an at-bat against me with some special circumstances:

*If the batter gets a well placed hit (i.e. a hard hit single, double or triple) they will get the option of $5 back or another at bat.

*If they get a Home-run, then the same rules above will apply with the addition of they will get a gift and I will donate $15 from my own pocket.
– Gift will include gift cards and donated items from local New Bern Stores

*If they strike-out or hit a slow ground ball, then they will be asked to make an additional donation of $5 or more (again up to them on the specific amount), but will not get another at bat until another donation by them is made following the addition.
I am also looking for any and all businesses that would be willing to donate to my fundraiser in one of several ways:

*Either a one-time lump sum

*Donate $10 (minimum) for every 50/100 pitches thrown during the event
– Example- if a business agrees to the $10 for every 50 pitches and I throw 500 in the eight hours they would be donating $100

*Donate $10 (minimum) for every batter I face
– Example- if a business agrees to the $10 for every batter I face and I face 30 batters in the eight hours they would be donating $300

*Donate $10 (minimum) for every strike out or routine ground ball I cause
– Example- if a business agrees to the $10 for every strike-out or ground ball and I cause 25 in the eight hours they would be donating $250

*Or Match the total amount raised for the fundraiser (I would like to find at least one business to agree to this)

Also on the day of the event there will be several drop-off locations where you can make a cash donation to the fundraiser.

All are invited to come and root me on as I throw for the full 8 hours. There will be concessions sold by the Cornerstone Assembly of God Youth Group, which will donate half the proceeds to the fundraiser and keep the other half toward future youth outings.

All proceeds from this event will be donated to University of North Carolina Cancer Research Facility to help them in their cancer research.

Submitted by: Cory Polom

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