It’s been an exciting week for Rally Saint Louis! On Thursday we announced Justin Striebel as the Grand Prize winner of the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame (a Rally project in funding) Sweepstakes through Lockerdome. Justin won 2 tickets to any home 2013 St. Louis Rams game, a signed football from Rams LB James Laurinaitis, and a weekend’s stay for two at Cedar Creek in New Haven, MO. But wait, there’s more!
We also announced the finalists to throw out the first pitch at Rally Saint Louis Day at Busch Stadium, this Sunday, 5/19. After tallying up the votes, St. Louis has selected Mr. Arthur Hawkins to throw out the first pitch. Below is his nomination:
Hi. I am a Social Worker at Northview Village Nursing Home. I have a resident who is all about the Cardinals. He puts his Cardinal “gear” on whenever they play. He’s never missed a game whether it was on the radio or TV. He knows every Cardinal player now and past. My resident’s name is Mr. Arthur Hawkins. Arthur is in his 70′s. Arthur is in his last stages of cancer. My dear Arthur only has a few weeks to live. He has been confined to a wheelchair. He’s still alert and he propels himself in his wheelchair. The only family he has is us, the staff at Northview. I would really love to make Arthur’s last few weeks of his life memorable, and this would mean so very much to him. Thank you! Brenda Chilton
Rally Saint Louis is also proud to welcome finalist Emily Linneman as our guest. Below is her nomination from her Aunt Nikki:
My niece Emily should throw out the first pitch! She is an amazing young lady who at the age of 15 has been through more than most at the age of 30. She lost her father to AML suddenly on 1-15-10. Then in June 2012 she was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in her left leg and began chemo therapy. She went from being an everyday teenager who participated in softball and basketball, to facing Cancer. In October at the age of 14 she had to choose between a limb saving operation for her leg /tumor area or an amputation. She immediately chose the amputation, which reduced her odds of reoccurrence. She had the amputation on October 17, 2012 and began chemo about 5 weeks after. She has spent many a night at Cardinal Glennon watching the games. Emily just finished up her chemo 3 weeks ago and is on her way back to healing and hope to have her in a prosthetic soon so she get her independence back. This has been a very difficult journey for her but she finds a way to smile every day and tackles new activities daily on crutches, a wheel chair, or just hopping. She is inspiring on so many levels, she is beautiful inside and out, and Loves the Birds (a team who gives their all everyday) too! This would be so great for her as she starts off on her journey with her left foot on the ground!! Thank you for considering her.
We are looking forward to meeting Mr. Hawkins and Miss Linneman as we cheer on our Cards.
If you’re at the game Sunday, May 19, please stop by and visit the Rally tent on the Ford Plaza located behind the outfield bleachers. We’ll be giving away free Rally STL t-shirts that were generously donated by CafePress.
Congrats to all our winners and GO CARDS!