April 3, 2013
Bobcat Baseball and Softball, Thunder Crew Raise Funds on “Play for Abe Day”
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Both Georgia College baseball and softball teams teamed with the Thunder Crew, Georgia College's student spirit group, to come away with wins in their "Play for Abe" games dedicated to raise money for Abram Gainous, a child who suffers from leukemia.
Abram is the son of GC men's basketball assistant coach Mark Gainous
and his wife Tasha, a former GC women's basketball assistant. Abe was diagnosed with leukemia in May of 2012 at the age of two and although he is now in remission he continues to make visits to Egleston Hospital in Atlanta for treatments.
Despite Abe's battle with the disease, the energetic two year old refuses to let anything stand in his way, which was made clear when he made an appearance at the baseball and softball games the weekend of March 16. Abe enthusiastically set the tone by throwing ceremonial first pitches for each of the games. This enthusiasm carried over to the teams as they walked away with a winning weekend.
After the weekend, GC Athletics and Thunder Crew were able to present the Gainous family with over $800 raised, all of which will go back to support Abe and his family and ensure his continual improvement.
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