A Night to Support Team Trevor
A follow up to the segment I did earlier this week on Trevor Kwatkoski, a 5-year old Berkeley Township boy who was diagnosed with bone cancer in April.
Friday night Central Regional hosted Toms River South in a boys/girls basketball doubleheader which also served as a fundraiser for Team Trevor through donations and the sale of wristbands (one of which I am now wearing). Trevor’s mom Jill said the family, which also includes three older boys, was overwhelmed by the support they have received from the community including police and local firemen.
At halftime of the boys game Toms River native and Chicago White Sox slugger Todd Frazier along with Central coaches Mike Clemente and John Truhan presented the family a check for nearly $4,400 to help with the staggering expenses surrounding Trevor’s treatment. The Golden Eagles girls and boys coaches conducted a clinic for elementary school students last weekend and donated all the money to the Team Trevor cause.
It was truly wonderful to see so many pull together to help a young boy and his family when they need that support the most. There was a great crowd on hand and they were treated to an exciting boys game in the nightcap as Central rallied for a three point victory after the visiting Indians won the girls game.
I stood most of the night with among others Frazier, who was traded from the Reds to the White Sox last month. It was truly amazing to watch him interact with fans, especially children who come in droves at times for autographs and pictures. Todd handles them as welcome interruptions that come with being an All-Star baseball player. I asked him if he ever gets tired of it and he said not when it comes to kids although older adults can sometimes test your patience.
Like always Frazier carries himself in a fashion that makes it easy to cheer for him and despite being just a month shy of his 30th birthday still has a little bit of that “aw shucks” attitude that has made him so popular. He’ll be heading to Chicago at the end of the month for the first time since the trade for SoxFest 2016 where Windy City fans will get to meet the Home Run Derby champ. Frazier and his wife Jackie will also be looking for a new in-season home for their family, including 22-month old son Blake and 1-month old daughter Kylie. Blake by the way has his own fan club from videos Todd has posted of him crushing a wiffle ball and his father has also given him a nickname: "Big Dog Blake.”