Saturday, August 4, 2007

Help Lester strike out cancer

We'll stay on the baseball-related Web site bandwagon today.

A couple of weeks ago, Boston left-hander Jon Lester completed his remarkable comeback from lymphoma by taking the mound at Cleveland's Jacobs Field and defeating the Indians.

Now, the story of five New England college students -- all self-described Red Sox fanatics -- is making its way through the national media. The five students set up after hearing of Lester's diagnosis at age 22.

Gordon Edes mentioned the site -- which sells silicone bracelets emblazoned with "62 strike out cancer" for $6 -- in his Red Sox notebook in the Boston Globe. In Sunday's editions of The Seattle Times, Larry Stone talks about the site and the fund the students have set up.

The bracelets are similar to the Lance Armstrong's LiveStrong model, which were ubiquitous a couple of years ago and, yes, the proceeds go toward cancer research. In less than a year, The Lester Project has raised more than $140,000 for the Jimmy Fund, the Boston-based cancer research charity.

Like its mission, the site is simple, but its message is clear.


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