ROXBURY, NJ – Kids who want to play in this year’s version of the annual Landon Monro Stand Up To Cancer Baseball Tournament need to step to the plate now. So do business owners who want their logos on tournament T-shirts.
Monro, now a Roxbury High School freshman, is hoping to get a few more players and sponsors for the June 4 tournament in which money is raised for the Stand Up To Cancer organization. Those interested in sponsoring or playing should contact Monro’s mother, Dayna, today by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
She said the 15-year-old Monro recently won support for the endeavor from Matt Cuervo, owner of Prospects Baseball in Randolph, who offered to help find players for the June 4 event. Other sponsors include Dezine Line, the Roxbury Rotary Club, Fullerton's, Phoenix Insurance, Color Industries and Summit Window Cleaning, he said.
Monro’s three prior tournaments raised more than $16,000.
“Knowing I am raising money that will be spent on cancer research has allowed me to heal after the devastating loss of my Uncle Keith,” wrote Monro in an email. “I have dedicated these tournaments to his memory in hopes that others will see the importance of donating in one way or another so that cancer research can continue.”
The games will take place at the Righter Road ballfield in Succasunna. They will start at 9 a.m. and will continue until all games are played. The price per player is $24 and checks, made out to Stand Up To Cancer, should be sent to Dayna Monro, 12 Meredith Ct., Succasunna, NJ 07876.
“The more people I meet and talk to, the more I realize that most people have been affected in one way or another by this disease,” said Landon Monro. “This tournament has become a very personal one for me. It reminds me of how fragile life is and how important it is to do what you can to make a small difference in the lives of others.”
Monro was inspired to launch the tournament when he was 12 and saw a Stand Up To Cancer promotion at a baseball game. “I saw something, made a decision, and followed through on that decision,” he said. “It wasn't until about three months before my very first Stand Up To Cancer Tournament that I would be hit with the news about my uncle: inoperable cancer. It was all pretty clear at that moment. This, Uncle Keith, this, is for you.”
Monro’s uncle died two weeks before the first tournament. “I didn't know how I was going to get through the day,” he said. “Somehow I gained the strength to put my best foot forward and fight for him. At the end of the day, after raising just over $3,000 I decided that was just the beginning of what would be my fight. This fight is now in its fourth year.”
Because he is passionate about baseball – playing both for the Roxbury High School freshman team and for In The Zone of Mount Olive – Monro said he gets a lot of “personal satisfaction” out of “using the one thing you are passionate about to help others.”
But, unlike his high school or club action, the games at Monro’s tournament aren’t all about winning or tropies, he said. Instead, “it's a day to give of yourself maybe in memory of someone, maybe just to get out and play a game you enjoy or perhaps getting out there to try something new just because you know it will help others.”
At the field there will be shirts for sale as well as food, snacks and drinks. All proceeds will go to Stand Up To Cancer, Monro said.
Adults are welcome to sign-up and play in a softball game, he noted.