This is what team work is all about.
San Diego State University baseball player Chad Bible was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma in January of this year.
Throughout his ongoing treatment the outfielder continued to support his team and inspire his community with his resilience. The Aztecs athletics department has launched the SDSU Strive Campaign to raise money to cover Bible’s medical treatment and related expenses.
The San Diego community rallied behind Bible when he made one of his only appearances on the diamond since beginning chemotherapy. On March 21st he appeared as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the eighth inning when the Aztecs faced Long Beach State. In a beautiful moment, he brought in the team’s final run to beat LBSU.
Bible’s story is reminiscent of Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who also was faced with the battle of Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
The MLB All-Star was diagnosed in 2008, barely a year after being drafted by the Boston Red Sox. Rizzo is now in remission and recently donated $3.5 million towards children’s cancer treatments.
According to a release by the San Diego State athletics department, Bible has been traveling to the Los Angeles area for treatment. Many supporters throughout the Aztec community have offered to help him and his family due to the financial strain of treatment, but there are rules in place by the NCAA that make that difficult because Bible is a student-athlete. Thankfully, the university’s athletics department can help through the Strive Campaign.
Its goal is to raise $15,000 to go towards medical and treatment-related expenses for Bible. The school has stated any funds raised in excess of that amount will be donated to a charitable cause as is required by NCAA bylaws.
For more information on how you can help, visit the Strive Campaign website.
The campaign is scheduled through June 10, 2017.