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Talent Takes on Cancer at the Metroplex’s The Ballfields Facility

May 6th, 2013 | by The Update
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Geordon Cox’s reaction wasn’t surprising: When he found out his mother was sick, he wanted to help her get better.

What he did about it, however, has proven incredible – given his age (11 when he started in 2010) and his method (soliciting pledges for every strike he pitched on his baseball team).

Now, every spring, The Ballfields at Craig Ranch overflow with hundreds of players from around the country for Geordon’s Strikes Against Cancer Benefit Tournament. It’s just one of the events that makes Craig Ranch a vibrant and interesting place to live.

The organization has raised tens of thousands of dollars for cancer research in its three years. This year’s benefit ran from May 3-5.

“Every strike I throw goes to help someone battling cancer,” Geordon said. “Strikes Against Cancer is my gift to my Mom.”

Geordon got the idea to start Strikes Against Cancer early in Lisa Cox’s battle with endometrial and cervical cancer. She just wanted to watch her son pitch, and would make her way to the ballfield despite her exhaustion from chemotherapy treatments.

Geordon wanted to help her – and all moms fighting cancer. So he asked family and friends to pledge money for each strike he made during the 2010 season.

Then his idea caught on.

The city of McKinney has named the first weekend of every May “Strikes Against Cancer Weekend.”

“It’s one of our biggest fundraisers,” said Tim Butz, superintendent of The Ballfields at Craig Ranch. “And it was all started by a kid.”

Now 13, Geordon Cox, a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, plays in memory of his mother, who lost her fight with cancer. He said it’s OK to feel sad and angry when someone you love dies of cancer – but that you also need to do something about it.

Indeed, in a farewell letter to Geordon, Lisa Cox encouraged him to continue his own battle.

“Raise your fist for our fight against this disease when you take the mound for Momma and know that I will always be with you,” she wrote. “… Throw strikes, don’t let them take the inside corner from you, don’t let anyone intimidate you and remember… you always gotta hit! Our love will never fail.”

For more information about Strikes Against Cancer, go to www.strikesagainstcancer.org.

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty represents 17 Green and The Estates, luxury properties at Craig Ranch. For more information about this community visit on17green.com. Click here to read past coverage of Craig Ranch news from Update the Metroplex.

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