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Lisa_Cox In Memory of Geordon’s Mother, our Inspirational Leader, Lisa Cox Lisa Cox’s spirit will continue to guide us in everything that we do and everything that we strive to become as an organization. Our mission remains the same: We will continue to “Fight Cancer, One Strike at a Time” in Lisa’s honor, knowing that Lisa’s fight was nothing short of legendary. She never gave up. She never quit inspiring. She never quit fighting. – Eric Power, Vice President of Strikes Against Cancer and Spokesperson
Layer-10 In Memory of Geordon’s Grandmother, Rosemary G. Cox Geordon lost his Grandmother to lymphoma in 2002. Geordon was only three at the time and when doctors told Rosemary her cancer was terminal she simply said, “I will always be with him, but it’s not the same as being there. I wish I could have seen Geordon play baseball”. Rosemary passed away at the age of 58. It was suspected that the chemical dumping near her house in New York saturated into the well system as not only did Rosemary pass away from cancer so did a number of her show show dogs, Blue Hill Shelties was her passion for over 36 years, all died of some form of cancer.
Layer-9 In Memory of Geordon’s Aunt, Patricia Forest Netzer Geordon lost his Aunt Patricia in 2010. Patricia began the battle against bone marrow cancer in 1996. After years of broken bones, surgeries, injections, infections, replacement and displacement surgeries, Patricia passed away at home at the age of 59. She was an accomplished artist and professor. She appreciated the arts and often had her art show in Galleries throughouot Dallas.Aunt Pat was a tremendously gifted artist, refined lady of grace and elegance.
Layer-8 In Memory of Geordon’s Great Uncle, Rich Matteson Geordon’s Great Uncle Rich was an accomplished Jazz musician. Playing with Louie Armstrong, Al Hurt, Count Basie, Pearl Bailey, James Moody, Lawrence Welk and many other jazz greats. Uncle Rich started the North Texas University Jazz Improvisation program while inspiring and educating such musicians as Lyle Mays. Uncle Rich passed away from prostate cancer in 1993.
Layer-6 In Memory of Coach Steve’s Aunt, Antoinette Piet Steve Bishop’s Aunt, Antoinette Piet, lost her battle against cancer in 2009 at the age of 58. Antoinette was a former employee of the Chicago Department School District 170 for ten years.
Aunt_Dalores In Memory of Geordon’s Great Aunt Delores Geordon’s Great Aunt Delores was an accomplished politician. Aunt D had commanding presense, a devine charismatic power, and was on of the most stright forwarded, quick-witted brilliant woman only to be compared to Barbara Jordan. Aunt Delores embraced her Native American Heritage and sahred with her newphew, Greyhawk, and sister, Running Deer. There was nothing you could get past this excetpional woman.
AuntDebbie Survivor: In Dedication of Geordon’s Godmother, Debbie Wright Geordon’s Godmother, Aunt Debbie, is a survivor of breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2007, Aunt Debbie is now cancer free.
Paul_and_Ovella_Taylor In Memory of Coach Phil’s Mother, Ovella Taylor Coach Phil’s Mother fought breast cancer for over 25 years. A resilient woman of courage and strength, but said she simply got tired.The Taylor’s family character, grace, humor transcends down from Ovella, and Paul Taylor to the unconditionially giving son Phil and his two sons Brady and Brock.
john_doe In Memory of Samuel “Ed” Forshay Jr.Born Oct.18, 1931 Lost his battle on Dec. 18, 2009. An avid hunter, fisherman and a cook in his own right. Loved a good story-told an even better one! Loved and missed by many, especially his children and grandchildren. We hold you close within our hearts and there you shall remain.
DAlessandro Survivor: In Dedication of Geordon’s Grandfather, Paul “Popie” D’Alessandro Geordon’s Grandfather is a retired Policeman from Clarkstown, New York. As an avid and irritating Yankees fan he shares that same family passion of baseball and thoroughly enjoys seeing Geordon pitch. Popie is a survivor of prostate cancer and through his New York law enforcement contacts Popie found the same doctor that created the radioactive seed implants and treated Rudy Giuliani and Joe Torre. Popie is known in the McKinney Mongrels Organization as “Pops”.
GrandmaMarcia Survivor: In Dedication of Geordon’s Grandmother, Marica D’Alessandro Geordon’s Grandmother currently works for IBM. A workaholic, a Jets and sadly another Yankees fan, that has defeated breast cancer and continues to participate in the Susan B. Koman race for the Cure every year! My Grandma is tough! Grandma Marcia was in the San Diego run in 2010 and will join many others in the 2011 Dallas event. Geordon can’t wait to support his Grandma Marica in Big D!
JENNY_MILLS Survivor: In Dedication of Jenny Mills of Celina, Texas On April 17, I felt a lump in my right breast while Kyle and I were putting Brae to bed. Over a month later I went to see our family physician. She sent me to get a mammogram which resulted in a biopsy. On June 13, I received the call that I never imagined. The radiologist said, “I am sorry to tell you this, but your biopsy came back malignant. This doesn’t usually happen to 34 year olds.” Well it did and now here we are, the day before surgery…it is going to be fine…just a small bump in the road. I have an amazing support staff. I couldn’t ask for a more wonderful family and friends. Thank you all for your prayers! All I know to do is FIGHT!!!
Jim_Morris In Memory of Jim Morris. Jim was a quiet, gentle soul. He lived a moral life, always trying to do the right thing and attempting to be fair in all his dealings. He was a believer in God the Father, Jesus His Son, and in the Holy Spirit. He was a good brother, father, uncle, and friend. A member of the Collin County Baseball Umpires Association, Jim passed away from colon cancer in March of 2012. We shall miss him.
Lindsey_Gunter In Memory of Lindsey Gunter Lindsey Jack Gunter, 68, of McKinney passed away on May 13, 2003 in Plano. On May 21, 1954 he married Norita Donaldson in McKinney. He was the President of the Collin County Umpire Association, the co-director of the Mickey Mantle World Series and one of the main reasons why baseball thrives in McKinney today. His contributions to the community of McKinney is why this city is the baseball hub of North Texas, with other such noteble figures such as Gabe Nesbitt and Al Alford. Lindsey passed away from liver cancer.
John_Wayne In Memory of John Wayne, an American Icon and PatriotJohn Wayne, was an American film actor, director and producer. An Academy Award-winner, Wayne was among the top box office draws for three decades, and was named the all-time top money-making star. An enduring American icon, he epitomized rugged masculinity and is famous for his demeanor, including his distinctive calm voice, walk, and height.Among the 220 or so cast and crew who filmed the 1956 film The Conqueror on location near St. George, Utah, 91 at various times developed some form of cancer (41%), including stars Wayne, Susan Hayward, and Agnes Moorehead, and director Dick Powell. The film was shot in southwestern Utah, east of and generally downwind from the site of recent U.S. Government nuclear weapons tests in southeastern Nevada. The 41% incidence of cancer in the cast and crew is very close to that of the general population, but many contend that radioactive fallout from these tests contaminated the film location and poisoned the film crew working there. Despite the suggestion that Wayne’s 1964 lung cancer and his 1979 stomach cancer resulted from nuclear contamination, he himself believed his lung cancer to have been a result of his six-pack-a-day cigarette habit.
Al_Alford In Memory of Al Alford The namesake of Al Alford Field, Home of the McKinney Lions, passed away Feb. 3 at the age of 79. The founder of Alford Insurance Agency in McKinney and a veteran of the Korean War, for which he received the Purple Heart, Alford worked as a college baseball umpire for 37 years. His career behind the plate included officiating for the 1974 College World Series, four UIL state baseball tournaments, and the Connie Mack World Series. Al Alford is in the Amateur Baseball Umpires Association Hall of Fame.Alford was an active member of the community, serving as a member of city council and on the McKinney Parks and Recreation Board. He also founded the McKinney Mavericks Summer Baseball Organization. Al passed away from lung cancer.
Donna_Torrez Survivor: In Dedication of Donna Torrex of Chicago Heights, Illinois
Marthas_SIster A Sister’s Dedication and Memorial This is my beautiful sister who left us two days after her 47th birthday on New Years Eve 2011. She fought cancer for 11 & 1/2 years.Watching, hoping and praying after every treatment, operation and new drug you were so strong and wanted to live so badly. Broken hearts for everyone who loved her especially her husband, Donnie, her daughter, Jackie and my Mother. Gone from our sight but not our hearts.Your light, laughter and love will burn in our hearts forever and ever.
Andy_Whitfield In Memory of Andy Whitfield, Spartacus, The STARZ Original Series. (Geordon named his first Bearded Dragon, Spartacus, after Andy) In March 2010 doctors found out why. The then-38-year-old Whitfield had cancer, specifically stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma. After a relatively mild round of chemotherapy, by September he felt healthy enough to return to the New Zealand set for season two. That’s when a routine checkup for insurance discovered that the cancer had returned. This time nothing would go easily. Without an aggressive and debilitating chemotherapy regimen, the married father of two small children would have three to six months left to live.It was then that Whitfield and his wife Vashti decided to document his second cancer battle, inviting film crews and training digital cameras on themselves for more than a year, until shortly before he died at age 39 in September 2011.
Donna_Jones_2 In Memory of Donna Jones, McKinney Texas Educator Donna who taught fourth-grade math and science at McNeil Elementary School in McKinney. Jones, who just turned 49 in October, lost her fight against the the disease battling a rare form of cancer.Yes, McKinney resident, teacher, wife, mom to two young children, and beloved by the community.
Helen_Carter In Memory of Helen Carter 1925 – 1994 Both my Mother and Uncle pasted away as the results of Liver Cancer. They were wonderful role models to myself, my family, and to all that knew them.Their fight was both short and courageous, they never complained or said “why me”. I will continue to support SAC and dedicate my efforts to the memory of my mother and uncle. I hope that I can live up to the standard they set. You can count on me.
Robert_Lysle In Memory of Robert Lysle 1936 – 2012 Both my Mother and Uncle pasted away as the results of Liver Cancer. They were wonderful role models to myself, my family, and to all that knew them.Their fight was both short and courageous, they never complained or said “why me”. I will continue to support SAC and dedicate my efforts to the memory of my mother and uncle. I hope that I can live up to the standard they set. You can count on me.
Mr._Christian In Memory of Leon Jacob Schmitz (Grandfather of Jacob Christian) In July of 2002 my father was diagnossed with Lung Cancer. One month earlier I had surprised him with the news that he was going to be a grandfather again and he was so excited. Unfortunately Dad passed away five months before Jacob’s birth. Before he passed, my father predicted that I would have a son and in our hearts we know that Jacob and Dad passed each other in heaven. My dad would have loved to have been in the stands cheering his grandson on. Jacob was named in honor of his grandfather and is playing in the 2013 Strikes Against Cancer Baseball Tournament in honor of him.
Bill Turner WILLIAM (BILL) Turner was born on August 11, 1946 in Tupelo, Mississippi. Passed away April 21, 2014. He was the oldest son of Bill and Ann Casey Turner. Bill fought a courageous battle with 2 Cancers Neuroendocrine (islet) and the reoccurance of head and neck cancer. He never complained; never felt sorry for himself and said instead of “why me”, “why not me”. He was extremely appreciative of his many friends and family who helped him during his final illness. Bill grew up in Dallas graduated from Bryan Adams HS, and East Texas State University and received his Master’s from SMU. He taught in DISD and RISD, was a sales rep for BNA and CCH and most recently was an adjunct professor teaching US history at Richland College. He was an avid tennis player, fisherman and reader. He was an active member of FUMC Richardson. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Mary; father, Bill Turner; children, Jeff and Ashley Turner and Carla and Kenton Getz; eight wonderful grandchildren; his brother, Paul and Janice and his two nephews.

 

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