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The Moyers are busy

Would be remiss if I didn't pass this along... The Moyer Foundation -- founded by Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen -- is well into its seventh annual Catch a Cure for Cancer national campaign.

The Moyers are busy

Would be remiss if I didn't pass this along... The Moyer Foundation -- founded by Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen -- is well into its seventh annual Catch a Cure for Cancer national campaign.

Karen is hosting a 12-hour radiothon sponsored in Washington this Thursday from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. PST.  Supporters nationwide can listen live online and all of the proceeds will support The Gregory Fund, a special fund completely dedicated to early cancer detection research at the Hutchinson Center. 

Jamie, if you're wondering, still has yet to throw. He is slowly beginning his rehab from a sprained ulnar collateral ligament and a strained tendon in his elbow. The 47-year-old pitcher hopes to be ready for spring training. Moyer, of course, is a free agent after this season.

For more on the campaign, read the press release below, courtesy of The Moyer Foundation.

Catch a Cure for Cancer is a community-lead fundraising campaign to raise awareness and funds for early cancer detection research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, a world leader in cancer research, prevention and treatment.  This year’s campaign has special meaning to Karen Moyer, as her father, Digger Phelps, was diagnosed and underwent successful treatment for prostate cancer. Phelps is currently an ESPN analyst.

“Early detection is the single most important factor when it comes to saving lives - and I am thankful that Karen, Jamie and all those who support The Moyer Foundation’s Catch a Cure efforts are truly making a difference for this cause because they are helping to save lives,” says Phelps.

The Moyer Foundation and the Hutchinson Center team up annually to encourage the community to organize and participate in special events and activities throughout the month of August including fundraisers, online donations, dinners, auctions and more.  A special 12-hour radiothon sponsored by WARM 106.9 FM in Washington will be hosted by Karen Moyer, co-founder of The Moyer Foundation and will be held on Thursday, August 26th from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. PST.  All of the proceeds will support The Gregory Fund, a special fund completely dedicated to early cancer detection research at the Hutchinson Center. 

In 2003, The Moyer Foundation created The Gregory Fund, a joint initiative to raise awareness and funds for early cancer-detection research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The Gregory Fund supports research dedicated to developing new ways to diagnose cancer at its earliest stage.

“The Moyer Foundation has been raising funds for early detection for more than 8 years, and we hope to raise the most we ever have this year,” said Karen Moyer, co-founder of the Moyer Foundation. “Getting the funds needed for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center would be helpful for so many people coping with this disease.”

The Gregory Fund was inspired by Gregory Chaya, a cancer patient Jamie and Karen met in 1993. When they met, Gregory was just two years old and battling leukemia. With help, Gregory’s parents found the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center where he received treatment and a life-saving transplant. The Moyer’s remain close to him and his family and inspired them to name this special fund in honor of Gregory and his inspirational spirit and journey. Still cancer-free and in remission today, Gregory often helps support and participates in Catch a Cure for Cancer.

To learn more about how you can help, information is available by calling 206.298.1217 or by visiting www.MoyerFoundation.org.  

Matt Gelb Inquirer Staff Writer
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