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In 2017, Yasmani Grandal (aka Yaz) of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and his wife Heather, co-designed the #B4B t-shirt to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The shirt was in honor of a dear friend named Bailey, who had recently been diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The campaign ran for two weeks (6/19-7/3) and raised $2,550 for LLS, surpassing the campaign's goal of $2,000. More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with, or in remission from, leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma.
Left to Right: Kyle Mauch, Bailey, and Yaz
After going into remission, unfortunately almost exactly a year later Bailey (pictured above with Athletes Brand founder Kyle Mauch, and Yasmani Grandal) was again diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma this Summer. This news prompted Yaz and his wife Heather to once again encourage her, and turn her bad news, into an opportunity to bring some good from it and help others.
The shirt that Yaz (Yasmani) helped design in just a matter of a few days this go around has deep roots to both his teams fans, and those battling cancer. It features the state of California as his right arm giving the changeup call (4) in a catching stance. The changeup represents throwing every pitch you can to fight the cancer, while also representing to Fight 4 the Playoffs where the word Fight is on his wristband covering part of his arm where LA county is. Within his arm is the county lines in California representing the lymphatic system where lymphoma is... while also being the color blue to represent "bleed blue" for his teams fans. The line art of the catcher is of Yaz and in a similar style to his 2017 shirt with line art of a catchers mask that read YAZ discretely through it. A shirt with deep meaning for both fans of baseball, and those fighting cancer of any kind, but with an emphasis on Leukemia and Lymphoma.
You can get the shirt now at AthletesBrand.com in many styles, colors, and on many different products. The proceeds from every sale benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. We hope this campaign brings awareness, and much needed funds to fight Leukemia and Lymphoma.
The campaign saw great support, with several Dodgers players seen wearing their shirts throughout the season. The support this teams hows one another is incredible.
Leukemia is cancer of the blood or bone marrow (which produces blood cells), while lymphoma is a cancer of the lymph nodes. Myeloma, another form of blood cancer, is a cancer of the plasma cells. More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with, or in remission from, leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma. Great strides have been made in blood cancer research and treatment, as evidenced from the graph below (via LLS).
About Yasmani Grandal
Yasmani Grandal is a catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball. He's a Cuban born player who played his college years at the University of Miami.
About Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
For more information visit LLS.org
About Athletes Brand
Athletes Brand is an athlete ran media, clothing, and branding company with more than 800 pro athletes on their team with a shared goal of helping athletes discover their greater legacy beyond the game. More at AthletesBrand.com.