PACIFIC PALISADES—Eleventh District Councilman Mike Bonin earned the ceremonial first-pitch honor on Saturday, August 10 before the Los Angeles Dodgers-Tampa Bay Rays game at Dodger Stadium.
Vanessa Ribeiro, 10-year-old cancer survivor, threw out the first pitch.
He earned the award by being the top fundraiser for the non-profit organization, ThinkCure!, which raises funds to assist in the research to cure cancer. He raised more than $13,000 in the memory of his sister for the organization at the “Yas-a-thon,” an annual indoor cycling event at the
Center for the same organization.
Bonin threw the ceremonial first pitch with 10-year-old leukemia survivor Vanessa Ribeiro.
He posted on his official Facebook page that “ten year old leukemia survivor Vanessa Ribeiro of Mar
Vista stepped in for me today to throw the ceremonial first pitch at the Dodgers game as part of ThinkCure!’s weekend-long fundraising effort to fight cancer."
Bonin added, “This year's Yas-a-Thom cancer fundraiser thrown by Kimberly Fowler raised nearly $190,000 to battle cancer. Riding in memory of my sister Maureen, I raised $13,000 and was given the honor of throwing out the first pitch -- an honor I wisely shared with Vanessa, who is far more athletically talented than I! Thanks to ThinkCure, the Dodgers, Kimberly, YAS, and Vanessa!”
His sister Maureen died from cancer at the age of 41. The Dodgers are conducting their sixth annual ThinkCure! weekend in order to promote awareness about cancer and to raise funds for collaborative research to cure cancer.