Honored and recognized by Representative Sanford in the House of Representatives
Strikes Against Cancer started with the dream of Geordon Cox, an 11 year old boy, who wanted to give his mother a Christmas present that would last forever. Geordon is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and once attended the Faith Christian Academy in McKinney, Texas. Throughout his mother’s two-year battle against cancer, all she wanted to do was see Geordon pitch. Watching his mom coming to the park not feeling well after weeks of chemotherapy, Geordon thought of a way to support her, and all mothers fighting cancer. His idea was to get family members and friends to pledge anything they could for every strike thrown over the season. Geordon also lost his Grandmother, Rosemary Cox, to lymphoma and his Aunt Pat in 2011 to bone marrow cancer after a 13 year fight. Geordon is no stranger to cancer as his Aunt Debbie, Grandma Marcia and Grandfather Popie are all survivors of cancer. For him, this quest has significant meaning.
Lisa Cox, Geordon’s mother, was diagnosed with endometrial and cervical cancer in 2009. The first doctor gave Lisa a year to live. Upon hearing this, Geordon’s dad, Adam, reached out to MD Anderson for a second opinion. The MD Anderson physicians and review board requested that Lisa start chemotherapy, since she did not respond as well as they thought to previous radiation treatments. Knowing that Lisa would soon be losing her hair, Geordon’s father shaved his head first, so it wouldn’t be as much of a shock to Geordon. He was quickly followed by Lisa’s best friend (Geordon’s Godmother Debbie Wright) and Lisa’s father…shaved heads all around! After cycles of chemotherapy, to reduce the size of the tumor, Lisa required surgery. The doctor in Dallas pressed to do the surgery, but the family had agreed with MD Anderson that if surgery were required, it would be done at their facility in Houston. Since the doctor in Dallas was not going to be performing the surgery, he released Lisa to MD Anderson for the remainder of her care.
Lisa spent nine hours in surgery at MD Anderson and we were given good news. From that point, through the McKinney Mongrel baseball network, we were blessed to find Dr. Dennis Birenbaum of the McKinney Regional Cancer Center via the Polce family that had played on Geordon’s team for a few seasons.
Throughout this situation, the Mongrel Baseball Organization families had rallied around the Cox family with love, prayers and support. The Mongrels supported the Cox family allowing Geordon to enjoy himself, be a kid, and surround himself with such loving families as the Gollers, Reiters, Bishops, Robertsons, Hintons, Kyzars, Getzs, Wardens, Holzers, Taylors, Sparks, Hawks, Polces, and many others. A very special thanks to Rick Neverdousky, his father’s business partner, who had continually covered and supported his father in business for the past two years. Upon hearing Geordon’s idea, Mongrels Organizational Pitching Coach, Robbie Robertson, called Geordon’s Head Coach, Phil Taylor, and they embraced his cause, as Coach Phil’s mother passed away from breast cancer in 2007. Teammate Logan’s mom is a survivor of breast cancer. Now the whole Mongrel 11U team will press forward as a team to beat cancer one strike at a time. Coach Robbie Robertson was a blessing, coming to the Mongrels in the Spring of 2010, being one of the most compassionate Christian men supporting the Cox family and was the voice of Strikes Against Cancer.
In 2012, Geordon played on Coach Wes Hand’s 13U team that won their AAYBA World Series in the Copper Division, while he was being celebrated as the Chevy Hometown Kid of the Week. A week later he got a call from his old coach, Coach Phil and teammates, helping them finish 13th, out of 80 teams, in the Platinum Division of the 12U AAYBA World Series. In the Fall of 2012, Geordon played in the 60/90 PBA High School JV League preparing for his future tryouts at Melissa High School. On November 4th 2012 Geordon’s mother Lisa lost her battle to cancer. Throughout this difficult time the Michael Johnson Performance Center was a tremendous support center for Geordon as well as his Pitching Instructor, Tom McLemore, and, Ben Montgomery of the McKinney Mavericks.
On December 3rd, 2012, Geordon and Eric Power, VP and Spokesperson, were guests on ESPN’s Galloway and Company. Larry Lane of the V-Foundation, Katherine Hooker of the American Cancer Society, and the Mayor of McKinney, Brian Loughmiller were featured with a check presentation and McKinney’s own Geordon Cox was interviewed for his contributions to cancer research at the ESPN SnowDay Event.
On Febrary 20th 2013, thirteen year old Geordon Cox received the McKinney Convention and Visitors Bureau Tourism Partner of the Year award for his accomplishments with his foundation. Angie Bado said the Strikes Against Cancer baseball tournament held in May of 2012 brought 248 baseball teams to McKinney and the surrounding area. The Tourism Partner of the Year award is given to a group or an individual who plays an instrumental role in promoting McKinney to visitors and increases visitation and overnight stays in McKinney.
On February 26th, 2013, Geordon was recognized at a Red Carpet Event by the Community Town Square Buzz Hall of Fame for his the McKinney Convention and Visitors Bureau Tourism Partner of the Year Award accomplishments for Strikes Against Cancer (seen here with the Mayor of McKinney).
On May 8th, 2013 Geordon, from the City of McKinney, and Strikes Against Cancer was honored and recognized by Representative Sanford, in the House of Representatives at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas to a standing ovation for his accomplishments to cancer research. In 2013, the Strikes Against Cancer Tournament succeeded with bringing in 384 teams, 762 games played, and 80,586 strikes were thrown!
Shown Left to Right: Senator Paxton, Godfather Roger Godwin, Geordon Cox, Adam Cox, and Representative Scott Sanford
On March 15th 2014, Geordon’s role with Strikes Against Cancer now evolves, as he has made his Melissa High School JV Baseball team and he becomes an ambassador. Geordon had the opportunity to meet UFC President, Dana White, in the ESPN studios at Victory Plaza in Dallas, Texas. Dana was promoting the latest UFC event at the American Airlines Center on March 15th and Geordon was recording his Public Service Announcements, made possible by a grant from the McKinney Community Development Corporation, for his Strikes Against Cancer Tournament held the First Weekend in May in McKinney TX.
On April 22nd 2014, Strikes Against Cancer Founder, Geordon Cox of McKinney, is the Chevy Hometown Kid as seen on Fox Sports Southwest for the “Second time”, and who is representing Melissa High School.
On May 3rd and 4th 2014, Strikes Against Cancer had over 450 teams play in the 4th Annual Tournament! Teams played in McKinney, Allen, Celina, Greenville, DeSoto, Mesquite, Lewisville, Valley Ranch, Little Elm, Balch Springs, and the DWF Metro-Plex.
On February 6th 2015, The City of McKinney Awards. Representative Scott Sanford, Strikes Against Cancer Founder Geordon Cox, and McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller.
On September 24th 2015, The City of McKinney Volunteer of the Year Award. Cindy Schneible, Executive Director of the McKinney Community Development Center, and Geordon Cox of Strikes Against Cancer.
At some point in time cancer will affect someone in our lives…. whether it be a family member, friend, or co-worker.