News Releases 2008

LETU Baseball Players Take 'Trip Of A Lifetime,' Raise Funds For Cancer

Tue, Apr 29 2008

One day after Spring commencement exercises, four LeTourneau University baseball players embarked on their "trip of a lifetime." From May 4 through May 18, the group grove over 5,000 miles in 12 days to visit 13 different Major League Ballparks in Kansas City, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and Dallas while raising money for cancer awareness.

Graduating seniors Aaron Bearden, Ethan Cravalho and Ryan VanZandt, and junior Ed Hurta teamed up with the Susan G. Komen For a Cure breast cancer awareness foundation to raise money while enjoying the journey of their dreams.

"My grandmother overcame breast cancer in 2004, and we just want to raise money for the Komen Foundation because we know how much pain the disease can cause," Bearden said.

"Our goal is to raise $5,000," VanZandt said. "We think it’s really cool that we can incorporate our graduation trip with such a great cause."

In addition to ballparks, the foursome plans to make stops at NFL stadiums, the White House, and various other significant landmarks. The students have set up a MySpace page, located at www.myspace.com/drivingforacure, with links for online donations to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and their personal expenses fund.

The Longview News-Journal recently published a story about the available online at http://www.newsjournal.com/sports/content/sports/stories/04262008_roadtrip.html.