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2006 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease, Clearwater Threshers Team Up to Strike Out Breast Cancer

Baseball Players Pitch for Pink, Raise Money for Breast Cancer Awareness

CLEARWATER, Fla., (July 18, 2006) -Baseball fans will be tickled pink when they support the Clearwater Threshers baseball team and help fund breast cancer research by attending Breast Cancer Awareness Night, Pitch for Pink on Friday, August 18 at 7:05 p.m. during the Threshers baseball game at Bright House Networks Field, 601 Old Coachman Road in Clearwater. The Threshers – class ‘A’ affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies will play the Sarasota Reds. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Morton Plant Mease Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center and the Morton Plant Mease Foundation which benefits the four community-owned hospitals and medical programs of Morton Plant Mease Health Care.

“It’s our mission to inspire people to improve the health of the community and the Pitch for Pink is an innovative, fun way to combine America’s favorite pastime with an important cause - breast cancer awareness,” said Holly Duncan, president Morton Plant Mease Foundation.

In addition to a night of baseball, there will be a pre-game ceremony honoring breast cancer patients and survivors in attendance, and the first 1,500 women to arrive at the stadium will receive a free commemorative pink Threshers baseball cap. There will be auctions held throughout the game in the stadium concourse to raise money for breast cancer awareness. Auction items include pink jerseys worn and autographed by Threshers players and pink baseball bats. The jerseys will be presented to winning bidders on the field following the game.

According to the American Cancer Society, an American woman has about a one in eight chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer sometime in her life. Approximately 213,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year and nearly 41,000 women will die. Breast cancer rates are going down, largely due to early detection of the cancer and improved medical treatments.

The Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center, located in the Powell Cancer Center at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, opened in February 2002 and was the first facility of its kind in the Tampa Bay area to combine advanced medical technology with process improvements to reduce the time for the diagnosis of breast cancer from weeks to days. The Breast Center, which features a soothing environment with fountains, murals and artwork, was designed to give patients a sense of peace and serenity. The name of the center honors the memory of Carroll and Mable Cheek’s daughter, Susan, who died of breast cancer in 1997.

Gates at Bright House Networks Field open at 5:45 p.m. Baseball ticket prices range between $3 and $8, and are available for purchase by visiting or by calling (727) 467-4457.

Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals – Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey.

Contact: Beth Hardy (727) 298-6199 Phone, (727) 419-4471 Pager or Amy Morrow (727) 461-8538 Phone, (727) 468-7586 Pager