FORT MILL TOWNSHIP — Their team name – Saving Second Base – is a cheeky take on a serious disease. They raise money for the Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure, which brings out their spunky spirit, as they walk Charlotte streets carrying giant pink inflatable baseball bats and wearing pink accessories.
Even the team’s biggest fundraiser, the Mom Prom, is pure girl’s night out fun. But with all of the fun being had, this team’s eye is on a singular, serious prize – fighting breast cancer.
“Our mission is to raise money to help find a cure for breast cancer. I hope that my daughter, my nieces and future generations won’t ever hear the words, ‘You have breast cancer,’” said team captain Jennifer White.
This year, White and her friends will participate in the Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure for the fifth year. The team was formed in 2009 after White was diagnosed with breast cancer.
She underwent chemotherapy and radiation and will celebrate five years as a survivor in January.
Among the team’s biggest fundraisers is Mom Prom on Sept. 21 at the Spratt building in downtown Fort Mill. This is the third annual Mom Prom, a girl’s night out that has grown every year.
All proceeds from ticket sales go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
As in previous years, the prom will include a disc jockey, with dancing kicked off early in the evening by a line dancing instructor.
Prizes will be handed out for Prom Queen, Most Glamorous and Tackiest Dress. Prom attire is expected to be on the outrageous side. Old prom dresses, outlandish accessories and the occasional fun wig are spotted among the prom queens.
“It’s an absolute all-out crazy hoot,” said organizer Leah Abraham. “It’s fun and no worries, just women having a good time and celebrating being sisters and taking care of each other.”
Last year, the team had more than 30 members and raised more than $5,000 for the cause through Mom Prom ticket sales, T-shirt sales and donations.
The Komen Charlotte race draws more than 17,000 participants. Among those, White is one of the top 100 individual fundraisers and Saving Second Base won the Team Spirit Award both years the award was given.
The race is a celebration for members of Saving Second Base, Abraham said.
“We’re all in it and we’re having fun. We’re celebrating that our friend Jen is a survivor and that so many others are, and that there is so much hope for finding a cure for breast cancer,” Abraham said.
White’s favorite part of the Komen Race is after the 5K, at the Survivor Celebration when breast cancer survivors are recognized by balloons or banners that denote how many years they have survived the disease.
Those who are celebrating the most years as survivors — some as many as 50 years — are brought up on stage to be recognized by the entire crowd.
“It’s very moving. I know that’s going to be me up there one day,” White said.