By Submitted Story on March 25, 2021
Local L.A. Dodgers World Series Champion Chris Taylor will host Home Run for Hope, a virtual, one night only music event to benefit the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and Roc Solid Foundation.
The online event will take place on Friday, March 26 from 8 to 10 p.m. EST and will feature intimate performances by Brad Paisley, Jake Owen, Scotty McCreery, Shy Carter, Tiera, Alexander Ludwig and D. Vincent Williams, plus special guests and a surprise chart-topping artist to close the show. There will also be a variety of giveaways and silent auction items, including autographed sports memorabilia.
A donation of $40 at www.HomeRunforHope.com will be your ticket to the event, and 100% percent of proceeds will benefit charity.
Chris Taylor, a Virginia Beach native, created Home Run for Hope after a close childhood friend, Kyle Profilet, was diagnosed with a form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma. In 2019, after a courageous two-year battle, Kyle lost his life to the disease.
Chris has also befriended a local 12-year-old named Dalton Fox who is waging his own war against Ewing Sarcoma and dealing with many of the same hardships Kyle endured. “Even though we lost Kyle and many others, there are still so many kids who can be saved from this devastating disease,” says Chris. “I’m determined to not let Dalton or anyone else go through this fight alone, and this event is one small way to have an impact.”
Top event sponsors are Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group and SAGA Realty & Construction.
Over the past 60 years, CHKD has grown into a 206-bed teaching hospital that is the heart of an extensive pediatric healthcare system. Every day, dozens of children are admitted to the hospital and thousands more are cared for at CHKD primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, urgent care centers, specialty clinics, and multiservice health centers throughout the region. The Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at CHKD is the area’s top referral center for pediatric cancer, sickle cell disease, and blood disorders and follows more than 500 pediatric cancer patients each year. CHKD is a nonprofit organization whose services and programs address pressing public health needs that would otherwise go unmet. The generosity of donors allows CHKD to provide care to any child who needs them, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.
Roc Solid Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit that builds hope for kids fighting cancer. Founded by pediatric cancer survivor Eric Newman, the organization is best known for giving Ready Bags to families when their child is first diagnosed, as well as providing backyard playsets to kids during treatment. Roc Solid is based in Virginia but is growing both programs nationwide with the vision to build hope for every child diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. This year, Roc Solid will distribute 2,000 Ready Bags and nearly 500 playsets.