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McCann to hold fundraisers to help fight childhood cancer

Atlanta Braves fan favorite and Duluth grad Brian McCann will be helping fight childhood cancer this week, hosting a pair of events to help benefit the Rally Foundation.

The first, taking place at 7 p.m. Thursday, will be the fourth annual Benefit Bash with Mizuno Big League Players, held at Atlanta’s The Foundry at Puritan Mill.

In addition to McCann and his wife, Braves star Chipper Jones, former pitching coach Leo Mazzone and former Brave Andruw Jones, as well as Atlanta Falcons linebacker Curtis Lofton, are scheduled to attend.

“Cancer should not be able to take a child’s life,” McCann said in a news release. “Through Rally, (wife) Ashley and I have met so many children who have greater courage than I will ever possess.”

Tickets are $150 each or $200 for MVP tickets, which include a VIP cocktail reception prior to the event.

Friday evening, the Braves catcher will also host the Brian McCann Rally Celebrity Softball Game at Georgia Tech’s Russ Chandler Stadium. For $10, tickets include admission to the game and home run derby contest.

McCann, Chipper Jones, Andruw Jones and Mazzone, as well as other “Mizuno big league players” are scheduled to attend.

“Brian and Ashley were dedicated ... chairs in 2009, and Rally is looking forward to another successful event with the McCanns,” Rally founder and CEO Dean Crowe said. “It is our hope that this year’s event will raise even more money to fund critical research for children fighting cancer.”

In the four years since its inception, the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research has awarded more than $1.6 million in research grants supporting 45 projects nationwide. Locally, it has helped support the Aflac Cancer Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University’s uninsured young adult childhood cancer survivor’s clinic.

For more information on either event, visit www.rallyfoundation.org.