Red Sox manager John Farrell, who successfully battled lymphoma in the summer of 2015, is giving back to those affected by the disease.
Farrell and the team announced today that they will create a new ticket program, called “Farrell’s Fighters,” that will invite patients being treated for lymphoma, and their families, to a game each month throughout the season.
“It was a challenging battle going through the treatment a few years ago, and beyond the support of family and friends, one of the things that helped me get through it was the escape I found in the game of baseball,” said Farrell in a statement released by the team. “I hope this program can provide a positive, momentary break for the patients and their families from the daily rigors of treatment, and for baseball to be a tonic for them, as it was for me.”
In addition to VIP seats at the game, the program will include a meeting with the Red Sox manager, a tour of the ballpark, the chance to watch batting practice, and lunch or dinner in the Dell EMC Club restaurant.
Patients from Mass. General, where Farrell received his treatment, will kick off the program. The first patient will be 42-year-old Nate Bouley of Sudbury, who was diagnosed in 2015, and is in remission for the third time. Bouley, as well as his wife and two children, will attend the Red Sox-Mariners game this Sunday.
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