My name is Jordan and I’m helping Block Out Cancer with strikeouts

mott blog - jordan taylor boc When I played on the U-M softball team, I got involved in a program for student-athletes called Michigan From the Heart. In that program, U-M student-athletes met at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital every Thursday evening to visit patients and their families. It’s a big deal for the U-M sports teams, and we often rushed from practice on Thursdays so we could go.

We’d divide up so each group of student-athletes included a good mixture of athletes from different sports, and then we’d spread out around the hospital. It was an amazing experience and really opened my eyes to the struggles and the courage of these children and their families. My father died of cancer at the start of my junior year of college, after being in remission for 5 years, so cancer has also made a mark on my personal life.

After graduation, I was drafted to the USSSA Pride National Pro Fastpitch softball team. I wanted to continue to help Mott and raise funds, so I combined my love of softball with my passion for Mott and created FIGHT. We held our first “So You Think You Can Hit” event in 2012. I’m a fastpitch softball pitcher and over the years, I’ve heard many of my male friends brag how they could hit one of my pitches. I had them step up to the plate, make a donation and give it a shot.

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5 ways you and your kids can make a difference this summer

5 ways kids can make a differenceMany of us think of giving back during the Thanksgiving/Christmas/Winter holiday season, but needs exist year-round for most organizations.  Why not take advantage of some of your summer downtime to help? Our patients and families here at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital always appreciate something to brighten their day, whether that’s a homemade blanket or a new toy, and there are many other organizations that would love to be remembered during the summer months. Continue reading