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Rays to host sixth annual Cut for a Cure event tomorrow

via team press release

Tomorrow, September 8, the Rays will host their sixth annual Cut for a Cure event when the team takes on the Baltimore Orioles at 6:10 p.m. as part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Day at Tropicana Field, which is being celebrated throughout MLB for the third consecutive year in recognition of September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

From the time gates open at 4:10 p.m. until the end of the 7th inning, fans are invited to participate in the sixth annual Cut for a Cure event at the RumFish Grill Deck in center field inside Tropicana Field.

For a donation of any amount, fans can have their hair cut or temporarily colored. If fans donate $20 or more, they will receive a ticket voucher for (2) two tickets to a future 2018 Rays home game.

All proceeds benefit the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF), which aims to end pediatric cancer through research, with over $60,000 raised from the event in the last five years. Fans interested in participating in Cut for a Cure must have a ticket to that day’s game in order to enter Tropicana Field.

In addition, the Rays will welcome back and honor 35 children from the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Children’s Dream Fund as part of a Tuesday’s Champion reunion on the field prior to the game.

Each child has suffered from a life-threatening illness and has been the Rays “Tuesday’s Champion” for one Tuesday home game, which includes attending batting practice, meeting Rays players and coaches and throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Each child will receive a customized Rays jersey with the number on the back indicating what year they were a Tuesday’s Champion.

Prior to the game, they will each be introduced on the field and will line up with Rays players and coaches during a moment of silence and the national anthem, which will be performed by former Tuesday’s Champion, 8-year-old Olivia Minutolo.

During the game, Rays and Orioles players and coaches will once again wear gold wristbands to raise awareness for the fight against childhood cancer.

Every season, Rays players and coaches make a total of seven visits to the Children’s Medical Center at Tampa General Hospital and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, spending time with pediatric patients and their families.