By Angie Bado, TSB Publisher
As announced last week, TownSquareBuzz.com is proud to present its first class of TSB’s Heroes Hall of Fame, which we’ve been introducing over the past week. The honorees are in no order, they are simply deserving of recognition for their good works in the community.
During his own mother’s battle with cancer Geordon Cox took some really big steps as an 11-year-old and decided to do something that would not only honor his mom, but leave a lasting legacy.
The idea, born out of a Christmas present for Geordon’s mom, Lisa, in 2010, was to get family and friends to pledge money for each strike Geordon threw during the 2011 baseball season. Lisa loved to watch Geordon pitch so each time Geordon took the mound for his McKinney Mongrels, he pitched for his mom, and for others who are fighting cancer.
The idea spread to his teammatesand to other baseball teams, garnering more commitments to support Geordon is his effort.
Adam Cox, Geordon’s dad, said that Geordon had to do something to take action: “He (Geordon) wanted to do something for his mom.”
In December of 2012, Geordon honored his mom at the ESPN Dallas Snow Day, which was held at the House of Blues.
Although Geordon has met celebrites such asOlympic Gold Medalist Michael Johnson,Randy Galloway and Company,Derek Holland of the Texas Rangers andRolando Blackmon of the Dallas Mavericks,his dad said, “Geordon doesn’t care about all the recognition. He doesn’t get into all the hype.”
With the help of his pitching coach, Geordon’s idea grew into a baseball tournament. The 3rd Annual “Strikes Against Cancer”, a USSSA sanctioned tournament, will be hosted in McKinney on May 3, 4, and 5, 2013. Last year the tournament saw about 200 teams participate and in 2013, Geordon and his dad said they expect some 400 teams to enter the tournament.
McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller proclaimed that “the first weekend of every May will be forever known as “Strikes Against Cancer Weekend” for Geordon and his mother Lisa.” It is during the Strikes Against Cancer Weekend that the baseball tournament is held.
To date, Strikes Against Cancer has donated $39,620.00 to the V-Foundation and $2,500 to the American Cancer Society towards cancer research.
Although Lisa lost her battle with cancer in November, 2012, her legacy lives on through the determination and the caring spirit of her son Geordon as he continues to work to raise funds to go to cancer research.
Two years later, just 13 years old, Geordon said he does something for the Foundation nearly every day and he continues to love baseball and pitching. He takes lessons to work on his pitching mechanics and says that “I’m fighting cancer, one strike at a time. Every stike I throw goes to help someone who is battling cancer.”
TSB salutes you Geordon. Your dream is making a difference, not only in our community, but in the community at large.
Photos courtesy of Adam Cox and Strikes Against Cancer.
Note: Geordon’s dad shared with TSB that during the holidays the two went to Florida to visit family and celebrated Lisa’s life by sprinkling her ashes in the ocean. “It was a great day – a wonderful celebration,” Adam said.