Devin's Strikeout Challenge

“I’m standing here today because of the treatment and care I received at St. Christopher’s as a 9-year old boy, and the support my family and I received from Katie’s Krusaders. I want to give back to kids that are in the same position that I was once in — I play for these kids, but at the same time, I truly believe that they watch over me as well.” Devin Smeltzer

Bishop Eustace Prepatory School star pitcher Devin Smeltzer is a cancer survivor. At nine years of age, Devin was diagnosed with a rare but curable form of cancer known as rhabdomyosarcoma after an ultrasound showed a large mass at the base of his bladder and prostate. To avoid extensive surgery, Devin received chemotherapy and Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. The treatment was successful and today Devin is 100% cancer free. He has worked hard to become one of the nation’s top high school pitching prospects! He will be heavily scouted this season by Major League Baseball teams and has an athletic scholarship to attend Florida Gulf Coast University.

Devin and his family received critical support from Katie’s Krusaders during his battle with cancer, and they are forever grateful for the care given by St. Christopher’s Hospital and for the help they received from Katie’s Krusaders. Devin has now turned his attention to helping other children who are facing many of the same challenges he faced as a cancer patient. This season with the support of the Bishop Eustace community, Devin will be striking out opposing hitters to raise money in support of Katie’s Krusaders. Please join Devin and his teammates at Bishop Eustace by making your pledge today!

To contribute, simply fill out the Pledge Form with your name and contact information and submit it; or download a pdf form and mail it to Katie’s Krusaders address listed. All gifts are tax-deductible. With your support, we can make a positive difference in the lives of the pediatric cancer patients treated at St. Christopher’s, and their families.

Read a recently published article about Devin
*Photos Courtesy of Kevin Minnick
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Strikeout Challenge Pledge Agreement Form
Yes! I would like to help Devin in his mission to support Katie’s Krusaders and the families of children treated at St. Christopher’s. I understand that I will be notified of Devin’s total strikeout tally at the conclusion of the 2014 season along with the final amount I will donate as part of my pledge agreement. For every strikeout that Devin pitches during the Bishop Eustace 2014 Baseball Season, I pledge:
Pledge Per Strikeout
Make A One Time Donation

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As Katie’s Krusaders, our goal is to raise our community’s, and ultimately the nation’s, awareness of the incidence of cancer in children. We want to raise funds to provide some financial as well as personal support for those children suffering with cancer, or other childhood diseases, and their families, during this most difficult time. And we do this in memory of our beloved Katie Ann Duffin, who gives witness to the struggle, the bravery, and the boundless love of these children.

Katie’s Krusaders – PO Box 252 – Doylestown, PA 18901
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