Indianapolis Indians donate $2K to Riley in support of pitchers who lost their mothers to cancer

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians donated $ 2,000 this Mother’s Day to the Riley Children’s Cancer Center to support Native American pitchers Geoff Hartlieb and Cody Ponce, who both lost their mothers to cancer.

Hartlieb’s mother, Wendy, died of lung cancer in April 2015 and Ponce’s mother, Jennifer, died of stage 4 brain cancer in December 2017.

The Indians say $ 1,000 went towards programs related to mothers of children undergoing cancer treatment in honor of Hartlieb, and another $ 1,000 went towards brain cancer research in honor of Ponce.

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“As we celebrate mothers across the country, our organization understands that Mother’s Day can be an uplifting day for some and a memorial day for others,” said Randy Lewandowski, president and general manager of Indianapolis Indians. “Both Cody and Geoff are great competitors for us on the field, and we know their mothers are with them every step of the way. We are honored to support them as they jointly wanted to raise awareness of cancer research. ”

In addition, the Indians say Hartlieb and Ponce will donate their own Pittsburgh Pirates’ signature uniforms and cleats to two families who have children undergoing treatment at the Riley Children’s Cancer Center.

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