Ally Minker: A Young Woman Determined to Make a Difference - NFCR


Ally Minker: A Young Woman Determined to Make a Difference

For the third year in a row, Play4TheCure® and minor league baseball are teaming up to raise money and awareness for cutting-edge cancer research— a partnership started by National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) Youth Ambassador Ally Minker.

Nearly nine years ago, Matt Minker passed away from cancer. Baseball was one of his greatest passions and he imparted that love to his granddaughter Ally. To honor his life and love of baseball, Ally took it upon herself to raise awareness about the importance of cancer research to the masses.  Just like us, Ally envisions a world without cancer. To date, her efforts have raised $7500.

To help Ally honor her grandfather’s memory and give others the hope of a future without cancer, please consider donating to Ally’s Crowdrise Campaign


This summer, the following local teams have heeded Ally’s call and committed games to the Play4TheCure mission:


Bethesda Big Train Summer Collegiate Baseball

When: Thursday, July 6th at 7pm vs. Baltimore Dodgers

Where: 10600 Westlake Drive, Bethesda, MD 20852

To purchase tickets, click here.

Frederick Keys Minor League Baseball

When: Sunday, July 23rd at 2pm vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks

Where: 21 Stadium Drive Frederick, Maryland 21703

To purchase tickets, click here.

Bowie Baysox “Knock Cancer Out of the Park” Night

When: Friday, July 28th at 7:05 pm vs. Akron Rubber Duck

Where: 4101 Crain Hwy, Bowie, MD 20716

To purchase tickets, click here and enter “NFCR” (in all CAPS) in the special offer code box.


Keep an eye out as Ally is working to add more games to the schedule!


Become A Youth Ambassador

The NFCR Youth Ambassador program is an opportunity for top high school students to serve as leaders in raising awareness and support for cutting-edge cancer research. Ambassadors can combine their passion for sports, science, and/or the arts with community service to bring new energy to cancer research fundraising. Together we will find a cure for all cancers. To learn more, click here.


About Play4TheCure

Play4TheCure inspires young athletes and their teams to leverage their passion for sports to “Play4” loved ones affected by cancer and encourages them to actively participate in working to fund cancer research to make a difference. To learn more, click here.