July 13, 2010 by Post Team
Dave Winfield:(USA Today) — When a close family member is sick, it is hard to concentrate on something else. Such was the case of baseball legend Dave Winfield in the 12th row and the last game of Major League Baseball All-Star showing in 1988. Her mother Arline V. Allison, who had been battling breast cancer, made the trip to Cincinnati to see his last match. Unfortunately, she died shortly afterwards.
To honor the memory of his mother the All-Star game, Winfield has joined forces with Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Ask.com for “Answers for the Cure”, urging people everywhere to get involved in the fight against breast cancer with tips on how to do just that.
I met Winfield to learn more about the answer “for the Cure” campaign and to know which side rooting for tonight.
Kindness: How was your mother involved in her interest in sports growing up?
Winfield: Mom always supported me sports – games that came to me and asked about my practice and really got excited when I did well. But as long as I gave 110% and leave nothing in the field, she was always proud.
All-Star collapses: What excites you most about this night and the new “Answers for the Cure” campaign?
Winfield: This year is still going to be particularly special because I work with Ask.com and Susan G. Komen to use the weekend to spread the word about how baseball fans get involved in the fight against breast cancer. I’m happy in my career in baseball has given me the opportunity to do so and I think it may affect some major changes.
Kindness: As your “Answers for the Cure” The public service announcement reminds us, breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women. How does it affect breast cancer as a child of a mother who battled the disease?
Winfield: Well, was my hero and my best friend from me. That’s hard. But what I remember most is having questions about the disease when first found the mass. None of us knew exactly what to think or ask. That’s why I think it makes much sense for Ask.com to be a sponsor of this program because people can go online and ask questions there – something I could do back in ’88.
Courtesy: Tell us about the program. What do you hope people learn?
Winfield: I hope you learn that they can make a difference without spending much time or money. You can log on www.Ask.com / forthecure, click on the icon of baseball and an automatic donation will be made to Susan G. Komen for the question and answer site, Ask.com. Ask last year was able to involve a million people without a spokesman and now I’m on board, I help them double!
It is also very important that women are active in regard to the protection of their own bodies. Self-examination and open and honest dialogue that when they visit the doctor is crucial. It’s all about education and communication.
Kindness: Are there other ways you’ve been involved with the cause?
Winfield: To be honest, the most important I think is I have been involved personally in my own family – making sure my wife, daughter, aunt, mother, cousins and close friends are aware of how this disease changed my life and ensure that they take all appropriate measures to avoid affecting their own in the same way.
Kindness: What have you been doing these days since the withdrawal?
Winfield: Staying busy! I work with ESPN in its “Baseball Tonight” as ananlyst and also serve as an executive vice president with the San Diego Padres. Other than that, try to be a good father to my three children and really enjoy seeing them grow in good people.
Kindness: Having played both the American and National Leagues, which side are you rooting for tonight?
Winfield: Oh, I really just want to see a great game since I played in both leagues, but perhaps leaning toward the NL only a little since my parents are in that division and we are sending two boys really great for the game on Heath Bell and Adrian Gonzalez.
Kindness: Anything else you want to share with readers on the “Responses to the Cure”?
Winfield: Only please visit www.Ask.com / forthecure – it’s free and takes less than a minute. No matter how busy you are, we all can take that!
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