Baseball Team Hosts Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation Game
On Thursday, May 6, the Archmere baseball team helped to raise money for childhood cancer by hosting their first ever Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation Game. The team competed against Red Lion, and ended up bringing home more than a victory - they raised over $1200 that day in support of children fighting childhood cancer.
The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation honors the life of Andrew McDonough. Andrew battled leukemia, septic shock and complications of childhood cancer for 167 days before passing away on July 14, 2007, at the age of 14. Andrew’s B+ blood type became his family’s and friends’ motto throughout his fight against childhood cancer - to “Be Positive”.
The B+ Foundation is about Kids Helping Kids Fight Cancer - raising money through dance marathons, 5Ks, T-shirt sales and more, to provide financial and emotional support to families of children with cancer nationwide. They also fund critical, cutting-edge childhood cancer research. On May 6, the Archmere baseball team contributed over $1200 to the foundation. Joe McDonough, Andrew's father and founder of the B+ Foundation, spoke to the crowd before the game, telling the story of Andrew and the B+ Foundation, specifically how one can "Live Like Andrew" every day and the objectives of The B+ Foundation. Archmere assistant baseball coach Billy Phillips, who also battled leukemia and played baseball for St. Mark's (where he was diagnosed) and then the University of Maryland after his treatment, threw the first pitch to Joe McDonough's brother, Jack.
Archmere celebrated the day with a food truck at the game for the coaches, teams and families. Joe and Jack McDonough were each given Archmere baseball shirts with the B+ logo.