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Minor League Baseball and Play4TheCure

For the second year in a row, Play4TheCure and minor league baseball are teaming up this summer to raise money and awareness for cutting-edge cancer research. The program was started by National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) Youth Ambassador Ally Minker.

Inspired by the passing of her grandfather, Ally took it upon herself to motivate others and advance the cause towards a cure for cancer by involving as many baseball teams as possible. Baseball was one of her granfather’s greatest passions and he imparted that to Ally. So naturally, she turned to the community he loved so much to honor his memory.Primary_Logo_Color

This year, teams in the Carolina League as well as the Quad City River Bandits have heeded Ally’s call and committed games to the Play4TheCure mission. The growth of the program within the sport of baseball is a testament to Ally’s dedication to serving others and saving lives through cancer research.

Here’s a list of teams participating this year:

  • Wilmington Blue Rocks – 7/30/16 – 7:05 PM vs. Frederick Keys – BUY TICKETS and be sure to use promo code “PLAY” | $2 for every ticket sold will go to support cancer research
  • Quad Cities River Bandits (Davenport, IA) – 8/7/16 – 1:15 PM vs. Burlington Bees
  • Ft. Myers Miracles – 8/11/16 – 7:05 PM – vs. Charlotte Stone Crabs
  • Frederick Keys – 8/16/16 – 6:00 PM – vs. Lynchburg Hillcats
  • Charlotte (FL) Stone Crabs – 8/20/16 – 6:05 PM – vs. Bradenton Marauders
  • Tampa Yankees – 8/27/16 – 6:35 PM – vs. Brevard County Manatees
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Be Like Amos – Our 9 Year Old Philanthropist

The NFCR staff was touched by this very special donation. Read his story and share it freely with others. It made our day and we hope it makes yours as well. Meet Amos, our now famous, 9 year old Philanthropist:

photo of Amos. Our 9 year old philanthropist Amos_Porter

From left to right: Arlo (5), Amos (9), and Phil

Less than one year ago, Amos’ father, Phil, experienced a sore throat and noticed a spot on the back of his throat. Phil went to see his general practitioner as well as an ENT doctor who made the diagnosis, tonsillar cancer.  Phil received extraordinary treatment from his surgical team at UPENN followed by thirty treatments of proton radiation therapy to beat his cancer.

A member of a close-knit family, Amos is a sociable, spirited, great boy who loves to wrestle, ride his bike and swim.  He just celebrated his ninth birthday at a local pool.  In place of gift-giving, the family thought they could help make a difference.  Amos asked his friends to contribute to the National Foundation for Cancer Research in honor of his father’s successful battle with cancer.  He collected an impressive $130.00 that became $260.00 since it was received during the NFCR Matching Gift Campaign!

Amos, his parents and his little brother, Arlo, decided to donate to NFCR “since they research all types of cancers and they have a great reputation.”

Amos is proud to help fund NFCR because his father benefited so much from cancer research! Phil is doing very well now and gives credit to his doctors and his family.

NFCR salutes Amos for his generosity and compassion!  This generosity also says a lot about his family. The world needs more 9 year olds like Amos. What a wonderful family. What a wonderful heartfelt gift.

Please share this story – you can make a difference with this one simple act.  Use and spread the cheer. Also you can  Be like Amos and make a difference. Donate here. 

AN UPDATE: AUGUST 18, 2016BeLikeAmos cancer research screen capture 1000 views

With permission from Amos and his family, we shared this post on FaceBook and Twitter. Today, BeLikeAmos has now just exceeded ONE THOUSAND  views – making it one of the most popular posts at NFCR. With all the strife and shouting out there in the world ….isn’t it time for more of us to Be Like Amos- and quietly make a difference.Every voice and every donation – big and small – makes a difference. Thank you Amos and thanks family and friends and donors. By funding Cancer Research, you are helping to save lives!

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Green Goddess: Healthy Anti-Cancer Smoothie Recipe



Eating a colorful diet is a good way to make sure you’re getting a variety of vitamins and nutrients that can help prevent cancers. This recipe mixes a few colors from the rainbow and ends up with the “G” in ROY G BIV.

The green goddess smoothie adds a variety of superfoods to your day; you’ll get vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fiber and antioxidants in this delicious drink.

Serves approximately 4 cups

  • 2 cups of purified water
  • 5 cups of spinach leaves
  • ½ lemon squeezed
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 granny smith apple
  • 1 ripe pear
  • (Optional) berries and/or a splash of your favorite juice or cider


  1. In a high speed blender, add all ingredients
  2. Pulse for 2-3 minutes or until items are liquefied


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