For more than 60 years, the Jimmy Fund and Twins Enterprise have been favorite organizations of Boston Red Sox fans. Now the two are joining forces to help fight cancer. Twins Enterprise has become the Official Headwear Supplier of the Jimmy Fund, which supports the fight against cancer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Twins will be providing custom hats as well as Red Sox hats for participants and volunteers at Jimmy Fund fundraising events such as the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk and Fantasy Day. New pediatric and adult cancer patients being treated at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute will also receive hats in their welcome packets as a part of the agreement.
“Twins Enterprise has had a long relationship with the Jimmy Fund and we wanted to increase our commitment to the fight against cancer. Every day, patients begin an uncertain battle with cancer and we felt strongly that all patients should have a Red Sox hat to wear to inspire their recovery,” said Steven DAngelo, vice president, Twins Enterprise.
“We are thrilled to have Twins Enterprise as the official headwear of all our Jimmy Fund programs,” says Jimmy Fund Chairman Mike Andrews. “This new partnership builds on the support the D'Angelo family has given Jimmy Fund Golf for more than 25 years and we are excited that our patients and event participants will be able to look stylish in new hats all year long.”
Many Red Sox fans will recognize the child who will represent all Dana-Farber patients, both adults and children, who will benefit from this partnership. Seven-year-old Jordan Leandre has performed at Fenway Park on numerous occasions. He first sang the National Anthem as a 4 year old while wearing leg brace due to the Ewings sarcoma in his leg. That performance led to an appearance in the movie, “Fever Pitch” and was the first of many return engagements at Fenway. In 2006, David Ortiz wheeled him out in a wheel chair to sing the anthem but in 2007, Jordan not only walked out by himself to sing the “Star Spangled Banner,” he then ran around the bases to the delight of the crowd.
The Jimmy Fund and Twins Enterprise will also be teaming up for the Jimmy Fund Fantasy Day at Fenway Park on Saturday, June 28. The Red Sox Team Store will present “The Ultimate Fan Experience” for baseball enthusiasts of all ages. There will be photo opportunities, contests, a kid zone, Fenway tours, and a skills zone.