Strike Out Cancer (SOC) is a national nonprofit that organizes Strike Out Cancer Days in communities across the United States. Strike Out Cancer Days are fundraisers held in conjunction with regularly scheduled baseball games at minor or major league ballparks. These events create opportunities to raise awareness about cancer prevention, generate money to benefit families fighting this disease and enjoy a day at the ballpark. Money is raised through donations and pledges made for each strikeout thrown on game day.
Strike Out Cancer Day was first launched on September 9, 2000 at the New York Mets' Shea Stadium. Todd Rassiger conceived of the idea for his dad, Don Rassiger an avid Met fan and a cancer survivor. Todd thought the event would be a great way to give his dad something exciting to look forward to in the midst of numerous treatments. In addition, the Rassiger family received so much support during their father's illness, that they saw Strike Out Cancer Day as a way of bringing together their family and friends to help others in the fight against cancer.
Proceeds benefit local cancer organizations specializing in patient aid. In addition Strike Out Cancer provides direct assistance to individuals and their families living with this disease. Cancer not only impacts our loved ones physically, but also adds an additional financial burden to families. Costs associated with traveling to receive treatment, medication not covered by insurance and lodging for the patient and family members can be overwhelming.
Through the generosity of our donors, Strike Out Cancer has provided food for those too sick to prepare meals, hundreds of nights of free lodging for those traveling far from their homes to receive life saving treatment and tickets to baseball games and shows for those in need of a reprieve.