The Minnesota Twins will take part in the Prostate Cancer Foundation Home Run Challenge from Sunday, June 9 through Father's Day on Sunday, June 16. In addition to pledging $10,000 to the Prostate Cancer Foundation Home Run Challenge for every homer hit by a Twins player, the Twins organization will donate $1,000 for every strikeout recorded by a Twins pitcher.
"The Pohlad family and entire Minnesota Twins organization salutes the work of Michael Milken and the Prostrate Cancer Foundation," said Twins President Dave St. Peter. "The PCF leadership and vision has inspired our team to play a small role in helping raise incremental dollars in this ongoing fight to cure this deadly disease. We encourage others in and out of baseball to accept the PCF Home Run Challenge and make a contribution today."
The Prostate Cancer Foundation was founded in 1993 by Michael Milken following his personal battle with prostate cancer. After being diagnosed with prostate cancer, Milken traveled to many different specialists in the field. Citing a major lack of funding for prostate cancer research and roadblocks that existed within the grant application process, Milken created the PCF to spur both private and government support in the field of research.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation Home Run Challenge is a partnership with Major League Baseball that helps baseball fans join the fight against prostate cancer by raising money for research through monetary pledges based upon each home run hit June 11-16, culminating on Father's Day. Since its creation in 1997, the PCF Home Run Challenge has raised over $31 million for prostate cancer research.
The program is supported by many Major League teams, players, managers and their coaching staffs, and umpires. Over the years, Twins-related program spokespeople have included Ron Gardenhire and Terry Steinbach.