Phil Brangiforte helped organize a baseball tournament to support cancer research. (Pat Greenhouse / Globe File Photo)
Colleague Bob Hohler relays the following:
Their wives were diagnosed with cancer, and two coaches at East Boston High School decided to do something about it. They started raising money to help Boston Medical Center fight the disease.
In their latest fundraising venture, Eastie baseball coach Phil Brangiforte and his father-in-law, Jets hockey coach Robert Anthony, are hosting a baseball tournament next weekend, April 18-19, to support BMC's campaign against colon cancer. Four teams -- East Boston, Malden, Newton South, and Revere -- will participate in the First Priority Credit Union Strike Out Cancer Tournament, which will run each day from noon-9 pm. at East Boston Stadium.
Brangiforte's wife, Carrie, 32, who is Anthony's daughter, was diagnosed last year with colon cancer while she was pregnant with her fifth child. Anthony's wife, Jackie, is battling breast cancer. Both are in remission.
"It is not lost on me that our challenge is small when viewed against the
backdrop of tens of thousands of men and women each year who battle
cancer," Robert Anthony said. "We want to stop cancer where it starts."
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Revere Mayor Thomas G. Ambrosino are
expected to be among the dignitaries at the tournament.
Donations may be made to Boston Medical Center, c/o Robert Anthony, East
Boston High School, 86 White St., East Boston, MA 02128.
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