The Minnesota Twins today announced plans to take part in the Prostate Cancer Foundation Home Run Challenge from Sunday, June 9 through Father's Day on Sunday, June 16. In addition to pledging $10,000 to the Prostate Cancer Foundation Home Run Challenge for every homer hit by a Twins player, the Twins organization will donate $1,000 for every strikeout recorded by a Twins pitcher.
"The Pohlad family and entire Minnesota Twins organization salutes the work of Michael Milken and the Prostate Cancer Foundation," said Twins President Dave St. Peter. "The PCF leadership and vision has inspired our team to play a small role in helping raise incremental dollars in this ongoing fight to cure this deadly disease. We encourage others in and out of baseball to accept the PCF Home Run Challenge and make a contribution today."
The Minnesota Twins and the state of Minnesota have been supporters of the Home Run Challenge for the last 17 years. Through the generous help of the Twins and their fans, the Prostate Cancer Foundation has funded over $800,000 worth of research in Minnesota for ground-breaking prostate cancer research with the potential to save many lives.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation Home Run Challenge is a partnership with Major League Baseball that helps baseball fans join the fight against prostate cancer by raising money for research through monetary pledges based upon each home run hit. Since its creation in 1997, the PCF Home Run Challenge has raised over $40 million for prostate cancer research.
The program is supported by many Major League teams, players, managers, coaches and umpires. Over the years, Twins-related program spokespeople have included Ron Gardenhire and Terry Steinbach. To learn more about the PCF Home Run Challenge, fans are encouraged to visit www.homerunchallenge.org.
About the Prostate Cancer Foundation
The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is the world's leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating research. Founded in 1993, PCF has raised more than $530 million and provided funding to over 1,600 research projects at nearly 200 institutions in 16 countries around the world. PCF advocates for greater awareness of prostate cancer and more efficient investment of governmental research funds supporting transformational cancer research. Our efforts have helped produce a 20-fold increase in U.S.