This afternoon, the White Sox announced another way you can show Liam Hendriks your support in his battle against cancer. The club released a “Close Out Cancer” t-shirt in partnership with the Hendriks family for fans to purchase which will help to raise funds for the Lymphoma Research Foundation.
Kristi Hendriks – through the White Sox press release – said the following:
“We’ve been blown away by the resounding support of White Sox fans during this extremely difficult time. With help from teh White Sox, these shirts are a wholehearted effort to express gratitude to the community, while empowering those facing similar hardships and using our combined platforms to give back to organizations at the forefront of this fight. We’re resolved to face what lays ahead and know initiatives like this can have a profound impact in helping ‘Close Out Cancer.'”
White Sox can go to the Team Liam website to purchase their shirts for $31 – no surprise, given that Hendriks wears #31 on the South Side. Per the White Sox, at the request of the Hendriks family, proceeds will benefit the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF). The club goes on to say: “Supporting LRF’s Patient Aid Grants, the funds will provide financial assistance to lymphoma patients who may be uninsured or lack the sufficient resources to cover expenses related to their treatment, such as medical bills, transportation costs, lodging expenses and childcare.”
Since Hendriks’ diagnosis earlier this year, support has been consistently flowing in from around social media and within Major League Baseball. The White Sox have also previously released the aforementioned “Team Liam” page for fans to write messages of support to the team’s closer.
The Australian closer has been rock solid for the White Sox over his two years as the team’s closer. More importantly than that, however, Hendriks has been a leader in the clubhouse and in the Chicago community. Hendriks’ South Slydah Society is the most well-known way, however, he and his family have been outspoken supporters of the LGTBQ+ community and have spoken out against gun violence in Chicago. He has also partnered with organizations focused on animal welfare, including Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, One Tail at a Time, Fetching Tails Foundation, Mission K-9, the Petco Foundation, and the Rescue Me Thursday campaign.
Outside of anything shared from the family, White Sox have previously mentioned that they don’t plan to share any further updates on Hendriks’ status until Opening Day.
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