Chris Taylor has gotten off to an impressive start this spring, but his impact has been felt far beyond the baseball field. The Dodgers have an impressive group of philanthropic players, and Chris Taylor has been working hard to raise awareness for a cause that holds a special place in his heart.
After Saturday morning’s game against the Padres, Taylor got an opportunity to share some more about how he is specifically working to raise funds and awareness for cancer via an event called Homerun for Hope.
This upcoming Friday, I’m co-hosting a fundraiser for pediatric cancer that’s going to Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters and the Roc Solid Foundation. We’re putting on a virtual concert; we got Brad Paisley, Scotty McCreery, and Jake Owen among other young up-and-coming country music stars. And yeah, it should be really good. We’re gonna have a silent auction going on at the same time. We’ll be auctioning off sports memorabilia, a lot of Dodgers stuff… guys [in the clubhouse] have been nice enough to sign some things for me, and we’re going to auction them off. It should be a fun night.
Cancer is obviously an issue that is personal for Chris Taylor. Having a friend suffer with it at such a young age must have been extremely difficult, but he also acknowledged that it’s something that almost everyone can relate to.
It’s something I’m passionate about. One of my childhood friends that I grew up with, he lost his fight with Osteosarcoma, so it was important to me. I think cancer is something that’s affected everyone in some way; if it’s not sarcoma then it’s something else. And it just felt like it was important to use my platform. That’s something that I’m passionate about, and hopefully, we can raise a lot of money and make a difference.
For any fans that want to show their support for Taylor and his cause, you can register for the concert fundraiser by visiting HomerunforHope.com to get tickets. The event is scheduled for Friday, March 26th from 5-7 PM PST.
For more insight from Chris, you can check out his mid-game interview from Saturday afternoon below.
Chris Taylor took some time to chat with @kirsten_watson about his HR vs. SD and the work he's doing with @Homerun4H to help build awareness around children battling cancer. #Dodgers pic.twitter.com/T2TxIINv8q
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) March 20, 2021