Redbirds Raise Over $12,000 For The Vs. Cancer Foundation

May 5, 2013

NORMAL, Ill. – The Illinois State baseball program partnered with the Vs. Cancer Foundation in an effort to raise money to fund childhood cancer research. After setting a team goal of raising $10,000, the Redbirds raised $12,311 and following Illinois State’s Missouri Valley Conference game against Creighton, the entire team, coaching staff and support staff shaved their heads to support the foundation.

“We are real proud of our players have done,” head coach Mark Kingston said. “Our student-athletes work hard on and off the field. It is a great event and we’re very proud to be a part of it.”

“This event speaks to the strength of our baseball family here,” pitching coach Bill Mohl said. “Everyone is impacted by cancer and our team made it a priority to reach our goal.”

The Vs. Cancer foundation was founded by former North Carolina baseball player Chase Jones, who was diagnosed with Stage IV brain cancer in 2006. His non-profit organization focuses on fundraising for childhood cancer research, utilizing college student-athletes and communities to raise awareness.

“I tell people all of the time that one of our biggest supporters is Illinois State baseball,” Jones said in an interview with GoRedbirds.com earlier this week. “Without Coach Kingston, none of this is possible. I am very thankful for our relationship.”

Illinois State is still collecting donations for the cause. For more information, and donate, visit GoRedbirds.com or Vs-Cancer.org.

GoRedbirds.com: Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.