This Friday, Tom Glavine will be honored by the Atlanta Braves as his jersey number 47 is retired. Few athletes achieve this level of recognition – only the best of the best. Tom Glavine is that and more. On the field, his accomplishments have been many….far too many to list here. Among them are Tom’s Cy Young Awards in 1991 and 1998 and top three finishes in voting four other seasons. He won the clinching game of the 1995 World Series against Cleveland, yielding only one hit over eight innings and was named the World Series Most Valuable Player. He won 20 or more games in a season five times and in August 2007, won his 300th game, a feat very few pitchers ever achieve.
In CURE’s eyes, Tom is every bit the hero off the field as on. His dedication and commitment to children with cancer is truly extraordinary. Childhood cancer became a very personal mission for Tom and his wife Chris when they stood by helplessly watching as the five year old son of close friends was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma. Chris explains, “The family should have been celebrating a win on the basketball court that evening but, instead, were faced with how to proceed with decisions on the care that would ultimately save his life. We cannot tell you the perspective we gained from their treacherous journey.” And while their friends welcomed meals, thoughts and prayers with open arms, Tom and Chris realized this kind of help wasn’t enough for them. They became committed to doing more to find a cure for these children.
Most people have no idea how much Tom Glavine does for or gives to CURE. He does it with sincerity and without fanfare. He gives of his time, his money, his resources. He lends his notoriety and opens his home to raise money for a cure. He spends precious free time with children with cancer and meeting donors, all in the name of making a difference. He caused Major League Baseball to launch an initiative which raised more than $1.5 million for childhood cancer research and brought tremendous awareness to the lack of funding for our cause.. He has followed the progress of children fighting the disease, rejoiced in their successes and grieved their losses.
As Tom is honored by the Atlanta Braves, CURE extends our most heartfelt congratulations to him. CURE and all the children and families we represent are deeply indebted to Tom and celebrate the successes of our hero.