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Tampa Bay Rays will shave heads again to fight cancer

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Published:   |   Updated: March 8, 2013 at 09:57 AM
PORT CHARLOTTE -

Tampa Bay Rays players and coaches will again shave their heads to raise money and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer.

For a $100 donation, fans can have their heads shaved, too.

The event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. March 15 at Charlotte Sports Park.

All proceeds benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

It’s the second consecutive year the Rays have taken part in the fundraiser.

“We hope to make this a Rays tradition every spring,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “Our first shaving last year was an overwhelming success. More than 70 of our players, coaches and staff including our principal owner Stuart Sternberg shaved their heads. We hope for more of the same this year.”

The team is again calling the fundraiser “Fortune Favors the Bald.” Maddon considered it among the Rays’ biggest events.

“While this is, of course, really about supporting the kids and their families, it served as a great moment for our organization, perhaps one of the most important ever because we all stood up together for a cause so meaningful,” Maddon said. “And it is something we are excited to introduce to our new players each year.”

Fans will be able to shave their heads with the Rays and receive a “Fortune Favors the Bald” T-shirt for a $100 donation

To show support for a player or participant, the public is encouraged to text “Cut” to 50555 to make a $10 donation to the foundation.

Donations can also be made at www.pcfcutforacure.org.

“As an organization, we are proud to support organizations and institutions like the Pediatric Cancer Foundation,” Maddon said.

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