Walsh Jesuit baseball's 'Showcase for the Cure' raises $33,000 for cancer research

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Ceremonial check presentation at 2013 Walsh Jesuit High School baseball's 'Showcase for the Cure.'
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  • Walsh Jesuit High School raised $33,000 for the Akron Children's Hospital Foundation Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at this year's "Showcase for the Cure" baseball scouting event on June 19.

    The annual event draws top baseball prospects and scouts from throughout the region, and since 2006, has raised money for cancer research.

    This year's showcase drew 106 top-level players from Ohio and over 50 college and professional scouts, and honored Jerry Vance - grandfather of Walsh Jesuit baseball player and Ohio State recruit Nate Romans - and the entire Vance family. Jerry Vance is courageously battling cancer.     

    To raise money for cancer research, Walsh Jesuit baseball coach Chris Kaczmar and event chair Gary Minorick asked the invited college prospects and guests to make a donation in lieu of charging players a fee to participate. Venders also sold a variety of products at the event and donated their proceeds to the charity.

    At the event's conclusion, Dr. Steve Kuerbitz accepted a ceremonial check on behalf of ACH and spoke briefly about advances that have been made in the fight against childhood cancers.

    "The success of this year's event is a testament to the positive impact a group of people can have in the fight to cure cancer," Kuerbitz said in a prepared statement. "The generous donations contributed by the participants, vendors and supporters make life-saving research and services to cancer patients possible."

    Former Kent State University baseball coach and current University of Georgia head coach Scott Stricklin served as the event's keynote speaker.

    Since its inception, donations to the showcase each year have raised $160,000 given to five different charities who are dedicated to fighting cancer.

    Kaczmar established the showcase over a decade ago. Originally called "The Walsh Jesuit Baseball Junior Day," Kaczmar reformatted the event in 2006 after a number of parents and relatives connected to the school's baseball program were diagnosed with cancer.

    Known today as "Showcase for the Cure," the event is dedicated to raising awareness about cancer and donating toward cancer research. It continues to attract the area's top baseball players and college and professional scouts from organizations throughout the Midwest.

    Browse USATodayhss.com/Cleveland's photos from the event.   

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