The end of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ historic season also concluded the inaugural year of Elk & Elk’s “Get That Weak Stuff Out Of Here!” Campaign. The program, which was launched in January, tied every shot blocked by the Cavs during the 2015-2016 season to a $100 donation to Cleveland Clinic Children’s.
Cavs legend Austin Carr, who is known to fans as “Mr. Cavalier,” served as the spokesperson. The campaign was inspired by his popular catch-phrase, “Get that weak stuff out of here!,” that he uses each time a shot is blocked by the team.
“Northeast Ohio is so fortunate to have Cleveland Clinic Children’s in our own backyard and we are grateful for the work that they do. We are also thankful for organizations like Elk & Elk for stepping up to help make a difference,” Carr commented in the campaign press release.
On Sunday, April 3, Elk & Elk Partner Jay Kelley presented a check for $28,900 to Cleveland Clinic Children’s for the campaign’s regular season contribution. The Cavs tallied an additional 117 blocks during the remainder of the season and playoffs, totaling 406 blocks and a $40,600 donation from Elk & Elk to Cleveland Clinic Children’s. LeBron James led the Cavs with 76 blocks this season, including a jaw-dropping block during the championship game.
“Our goal was to find a platform to bring awareness to the scope of the challenges pediatric cancer creates for children and their families, while contributing to the Clinic’s efforts to fight the disease,” said Kelley of the campaign.
Funds raised by Elk & Elk’s “Get That Weak Stuff Out of Here!” Campaign will support pioneering pediatric cancer research with the hope of discovering new treatment options for young patients.
Despite the fact that pediatric cases account for less than one percent of all annual cancer diagnoses, the disease is the second leading cause of death in children. According to American Cancer Society, almost 10,400 children under 15 will be diagnosed and around 1,250 will lose their lives to the disease this year. Leukemia, neuroblastoma and brain and central nervous system tumors are the most common forms of pediatric cancers.
“We are deeply grateful for Elk & Elk and the Cavs’ commitment to helping our young cancer patients. This campaign will help raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer but most importantly, put a smile on the faces of our patients,” said Cleveland Clinic Children’s in a statement about the program.
Want to join us in the fight against pediatric cancer? Make a donation by visiting the “Make A Gift” page on giving.ccf.org/childrens, and directing your gift to Children’s Cancer.