Baseball team to host breast cancer awareness game

03.20.2014 | By Rob Vanya

Baseball team to host breast cancer awareness game
Rob Vanya, March 20, 2014
The San Jacinto College baseball team will help raise funds for Angel Flight South Central, an organization that helps breast cancer patients, at the fifth annual Play Pink game on Saturday, March 22. San Jacinto College will face off against conference rival Alvin Community College for a double header, with the first game starting at 4 p.m. at John Ray Harrison Field on the North Campus.
“The Play Pink events in past years were successful, and we hope the community will once again come out to support this worthy cause, while enjoying some good baseball action,” commented head baseball coach Tom Arrington.
Assistant coach Jimmy Durham lost his wife, Michele, to breast cancer 10 years ago. At the time, Durham was on the coaching staff at New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, New Mexico. While Michele was being treated in Houston, the couple used the services of Angel Flight South Central (formerly Grace Flight of America) to fly Michele to and from New Mexico and Houston free of charge. Angel Flight South Central provides free air transportation for medical and humanitarian purposes.
The organization's goal is to remove the transportation burden from patients so they can receive specialized medical treatment that may not be available to them locally. Angel Flight South Central also has a ground crew that drives patients to and from the local airports in their communities to hospitals. The organization not only flew Michele to and from Houston for treatment, but would also occasionally fly one or all of the Durham's five children, so that they would not be far from their mother.
“(Angel Flight) literally helped keep our family together,” said Durham, who is now in his eighth season as an assistant coach at San Jacinto College. “They allowed the entire family to be together at least some of the time, and gave our children an opportunity to be with their mother.”
All money raised from donations at the March 22 game will go directly to Angel Flight South Central. San Jacinto College players and coaches will wear special pink jerseys during the game. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to support the cause, and can bid on auction items, which will include memorabilia from Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Brandon Belt, Derek Jeter, Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Vince Young, Johnny Manziel, and others.
Durham says he hopes the Play Pink event not only raises awareness for Angel Flight South Central, but monetary help as well. “The pilots volunteer their time, planes, and fuel to help others,” added Durham. “They pay for these flights themselves, unselfishly, and need more funding to continue to serve people in need.” San Jacinto College baseball games are free to attend, but donations will be accepted for admission to the Play Pink game.
All San Jacinto College baseball home games are played at the North Campus at 5800 Uvalde Road in Houston. For a season schedule, roster, broadcast schedule, and other information about the baseball team, please visit www.sanjacsports.com.
For information about Angel Flight South Central, or to make donations, visit the organization's website at www.angelflightsc.org
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College's job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College. For more information about San Jacinto College, please call 281-998-6150, visit www.sanjac.edu, or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SanJacintoCollege.

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