October being breast cancer awareness month is the perfect time to support terrific breast cancer non-profit organizations, and this is one of my very favorites. I wrote about Save 2nd Base as one of my first ever blog posts on this site. I think it is appropriate to revisit that post, because this amazing organization deserves it.
In 2005 a small group of women were getting ready for the Breast Cancer 3-Day charity walk when they met to decide their team name. Their teammate, Kelly Rooney, a 42-year-old with five children and stage-three breast cancer, came up with a humorous play on words, and suggested their name be, “Save 2nd Base.” She designed a t-shirt for their team as they got ready for the walk. By the time the Breast Cancer 3-Day arrived Kelly was too weak to participate, but her teammates wore the shirts and were approached with great enthusiasm for their take on the old baseball euphemism.
Kelly was relentless in her pursuit of wanting to prevent her four daughters from ever facing the same disease. In July 2006, she asked her sister and close friend to do whatever they could to make sure that her girls don’t get breast cancer. Rooney’s sister Erin O’Brien Dugery and friend Kelly Day trademarked the Save 2nd Base tagline and began selling the T shirts online and in boutiques.
Kelly Rooney died on July 11, 2006 at age 43, leaving behind a husband and five children. She had no family history of the disease which she bravely battled for four years.
Fifty percent of profits from Save 2nd Base go towards The Kelly Rooney Foundation. The foundation was formed to continue Kelly’s hope for her own daughters and for young women of their generation to be breast cancer free.
Save 2nd Base’s goal is to provide exposure for the mission of The Kelly Rooney Foundation. Each shirt has the potential to spread breast cancer awareness of a beautiful person and the mark she left on the world. To date, Save 2nd Base has donated more than $30,000 to the foundation which bears her name and to other Breast Cancer non-profit organizations.
As you and your family gear up for baseball season, why not consider supporting The Kelly Rooney Foundation with some humor and a great-looking shirt or accessory? Save 2nd Base breast cancer awareness t-shirts and accessories can be purchased at www.Save2ndBase.com.
Look who Found the Marbles did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. We did receive one t-shirt from Save 2nd Base as a ‘thank you’ for writing the post on their behalf .