June 18, 2011; Omaha, NE, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels left fielder Chaz Frank (2) hits a triple during the first inning against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the 2011 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

UNC Diamond Heels hitting homers against cancer with BaseBald

On April 21st, 2012, the University of North Carolina baseball team will hold a BaseBald fundraiser to help raise money for childhood cancer research. Saturday marks the third consecutive year this event has been held. Cancer survivor Chase Jones is the brains behind this event. Jones, a former UNC bullpen catcher, continues to lend a helping hand to Carolina’s baseball team. He was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 18 while attending Carolina. UNC’s student health services found that Jones had a brain tumor. His successful surgery took place on October 5th, 2006. Afterwards, Chase underwent five rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. With the help of the UNC Lineberger Cancer Center, Jones got a “W” against cancer. Jones graduated from Carolina in May 2011.

Jones organized BaseBald for the Cure at UNC in 2010 with assistance from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Before a game, players and coaches shave their heads to raise awareness and money for cancer research and treatment. One Tar Heel baseball player shaves his head for every $100 donated to the UNC Lineberger Cancer Center. The first drive raised $6,400. The second drive $15,000 more. In 2012, Chase has raised $125,000 by throwing his BaseBald events across the country.

Keeping It Heel encourages Tar Heel Nation and others to take part in this event. If you are unable to come to the baseball game, you can donate on Basebald’s website, http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/7816/2012. For more information, visit StBaldricks.org/Events/BaseBald, or contact Jones at (336) 209-2187, or by e-mail at chase@StBaldricks.org. Remember that this event is about saving lives. Whether you like Carolina or not, let’s be on same team against cancer.


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