Date: 7/25/2007

Community Healthcare System’s Day at the RailCats raises $6,595 for the Community Cancer Research Foundation

The first pitch winners—names were drawn of cancer survivors—to throw a pitch are (from left) Diane Gora, one-year survivor; Kathy Rodriguez, 14-year survivor; Mary Beth Ramirez, three-year survivor; Cheryl Gadouas, four “time” survivor; Suzanne Turner, four-year survivor; Monica Hoffman, eight-month survivor.

MUNSTER — Community Healthcare System’s recent Day at the RailCats Stadium raised $6,595 in donations for the Community Cancer Research Foundation. The contributions were raised through an auction of the baseball players’ pink jerseys which they wore that day to bring awareness to breast cancer and the search for a cure.

The special day also included six “first pitches” by cancer survivors and the national anthem sung by “Sing to Live,” a choral group of breast cancer survivors from Chicago.

More than 600 employees of the Community Healthcare System and their friends and family attended the game. The Community Healthcare System is comprised of Community Hospital in Munster, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart. Also, the first 1,500 fans through the gate received a Community Healthcare System beach towel.