Jonathan Holder striking out cancer


As Jonathan Holder’s impact on Major League Baseball continues to grow so does his platform as a professional athlete.
The Gulfport alum is already giving back to a cause that’s near and dear to his heart by throwing cancer a curveball.
“Just come out and support my sister and Sumner.” On Saturday, Jonathan Holder is hosting a fundraiser camp at St. Patrick High School with one hundred percent of the proceeds going towards Hope Broadus and Sumner Holland and their respective fights against cancer. “They both have positive outlooks and they fight each day and they work as hard as they can to beat what they have.”
Hope is Holder’s 22-year-old cousin and is battling glioblastoma. She used to babysit the two-year-old Sumner who is in a fight with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Hope’s brother, Aaron, is a senior on the St. Patrick baseball team. “It just gives all of us hope, just such an outpouring of love from all of the community around us and just seeing how much people will reach out and help.”
That’s where the New York Yankees pitcher comes in for one of the biggest save opportunities of his career. “I’ve just learned that it makes me want to fight, and it makes me want to do what I can and baseball is my platform and that’s the way that I feel like I can reach people and make people aware and let people in the community come and support Hope and Sumner.”
“It’s phenomenal, and like seeing those speeches it makes you have a whole ‘nother perspective on what they’re saying and how they’re saying it.”
What they’re saying is support because the walk in the fight against cancer is never one that’s made alone. “Just support. That’s my word through the whole camp is support. I’d say support, support, support. Come out, we’ve got plenty of guys, we’ve got food and it should be a good time and I hope that everybody can come and enjoy it.”
“Yeah, it’s definitely like the most important thing. Like it gets us all through it and without the community support and the help from other people we wouldn’t be able to probably make it through, and it’s just very meaningful.”
The clinic is being held at the home of the Fighting Irish. It runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for kids ages nine through 17 and costs $100 to attend. That gets you a lunch and a t-shirt with all of those funds going straight towards Hope and Sumner.

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