“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.