The Bethlehem Umpires Association on Tuesday pledged its support to the Lehigh Valley Men's Baseball League to help an 11-year-old boy who has cancer and recently lost his father.
LV MSBL President Ron Cahill addressed the BUA on Tuesday at the umpires’ monthly meeting in Bethlehem.
Cahill told roughly 40 umpires in attendance about Carson, who has brain cancer. Carson's father died unexpectedly a short time ago.
BUA officials said they have set aside funds to contribute to Carson as an organization in addition to what umpires raise or contribute individually.
Two umpires who received game pay earlier on Tuesday immediately turned it over to Carson's cause, earning applause.
The LV MSBL is working with Dream Come True of the Lehigh Valley to fund Carson’s dream, which is a trip to the Great Wolf Lodge water park in the Poconos. Additional money raised will also fund Carson’s continued medical care and comfort.
The MSBL has pledged to fully fund the Great Wolf Lodge trip and aims to raise an additional $4,000, which represents $100 from each of its 40 teams. Leading contributors so far include Bucks Manager Dave Bright, Hurricanes Manager Rich Duplaga, and David Palumbo of the Springtown Mudcats.
Dream Come True benefits seriously, chronically, and terminally ill children.
The Bethlehem Umpires Association provides game officials for youth and adult baseball and softball leagues in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas, including all LV MSBL games.
Carson loves the outdoors, four-wheeling, hunting, hockey, and the "Dude Perfect" show on Nickelodeon. At age 7, he was diagnosed with Ana-plastic Medullablastoma, a tumor that originates in the brain and often spreads to the spine.