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By Dick Kaegel
Players in the community
It was just about a year ago that Royals left fielder Alex Gordon and his wife, Jamie, held a Playing for Pink Casino Night in Lincoln, Neb., a fundraiser that was inspired by a 12-and-under baseball team that wore pink jerseys after two team members lost their mothers to cancer. The event raised more than $120,000.
That's just one cause that made Gordon the Royals' nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award this year. Since 2007, together with Royals Charities, he's supported the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation to raise funds to fight childhood cancer. The foundation was named for a Connecticut girl who lost her life to the disease, and it was a good fit for the Royals' Alex.
"It made sense because of the name, I did a couple of promotions with it, and as the years went by, I got more involved. I hope to stay with it and continue to do more for them," Gordon said.
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