ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwired - Jun 9, 2014) - Just as Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel shattered the franchise record for saves today, he issued challenge to fellow MLB players to help him save the lives of children battling cancer.
Kimbrel, who is actively involved with the Atlanta-based nonprofit Curing Kids Cancer as Chairman of Players Curing Kids Cancer, said, "I'd like to create a 'Players Curing Kids Cancer' Team. We'd like to recruit one player for each position, from different major league teams. This team could raise both awareness and funds for new, groundbreaking treatments for kids with cancer."
In addition to saving 155 baseball games, Kimbrel also is saving lives. For every save, Kimbrel donates $100, and he donates $25 for every strikeout. So far this year, Kimbrel has 16 saves and 40 strike outs. That $2,600 is added to more than $14,000 Kimbrel has donated to the charity since 2012.
In addition, Kimbrel works hard hosting events for the charity throughout the year, including inviting pediatric cancer patients and their families to a tailgate meal and game at Turner Field. In November Craig and Ashley Kimbrel host the exclusive "Cowboy Boots and Cocktails" event which, last year included a private concert with country music star Cole Swindell.
Craig Kimbrel, a Huntsville, Alabama native, made his MLB debut in May 2010. He has been on the All-Star roster three times. He and his wife Ashley became involved with Curing Kids Cancer after hearing the story of the inspiration behind the charity, Killian Owen, who died at age nine from leukemia. Killian's parents, Grainne and Clay Owen, founded the charity the year after losing their son.
Curing Kids Cancer works to make childhood cancer curable in our lifetime. The nonprofit has raised more than $5 million for pediatric cancer research. It mainly funds innovative targeted treatments with fewer harmful side effects. Curing Kids Cancer raises money through partnerships with sports teams at local and national levels, community involvement, corporate sponsorships and support from national sports figures including Lee Corso and Craig Kimbrel, and is the official charity for the powerhouse Mecum Auctions. For more information, see CuringKidsCancer.org.