Beads of Hope offers words and tokens of courage to children undergoing treatment for cancer while at the same time bringing awareness to those participating of the importance and impact their gesture of support brings. The Patrick Wiese Foundation provided funding for the CBA and Homer Varsity Baseball teams to participate in the Golisano Children’s Hospital Carry A Bead program. Pat and Jack Sheridan discussed the importance that it has for children undergoing treatment.
Each athlete received a matched bead set that they wore during warmups. We believe that good intentions and caring thoughts go into the bead during the intentional act of caring. One bead as well as a signed note of encouragement was returned and given to a child undergoing cancer treatment during their “normal” day. The CBA and Homer baseball players kept the matched bead as a reminder of their commitment to be a direct source of encouragement to a child in Beads of Courage.
The student-athletes response to the program was amazing as can be seen from some of the attached photos of them writing their notes of encouragement. Also included are two of the notes that a cancer patient will be receiving.
Less than a year after this report, former Le Moyne baseball player Patrick Wiese has made monumental steps in his recovery. Once the MVP of the Le Moyne baseball team, Wiese was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma cancer in his right knee the summer before his senior season. After that, Wiese faced a total knee replacement and months of intense chemotherapy. We watched on CNY Central as Wiese worked through his rehabilitation, struggling to simply turn the pedals on a stationary bicycle… Continue reading
Former Vermont Mountaineers teammates Pat Wiese, Cody Brown change course after cancer diagnoses.
Their Lives crossed — then star-crossed — and all Pat Wiese and Cody Brown wanted to do was play ball. They were pretty good too, high school stars taking it to a higher level, the future glanced at with a reasonable clarity
When last seen on a ball field together… Continue reading story
A few days ago, Pat Wiese took a call from Jason Smorol, general manager of the Syracuse Chiefs. Smorol wondered if Pat would throw out the first pitch Friday at NBT Stadium, where the Chiefs were about to play Pawtucket in their first playoff game in Syracuse in 20 years. Pat said sure, but he had an idea for sharing the moment. At Christian Brothers Academy, his high school baseball coach was Tom Dotterer. “I knew him since eighth grade, and he was such a crucial part of helping me to grow up in high school,” Pat said. “He had the capacity to teach you as a person and to help you become a man.” … Continue reading
Wiese was recently named the recipient of the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby Fan’s Choice Award, and was honored at the College Home Run Derby in Omaha, NEB in July. The Event was broadcast live on ESPN.
This award recognizes college baseball players who excel beyond the diamond and whose leadership inspires others. The 16 Finalists up for consideration in 2014 demonstrate integrity in all aspects of life, stay active in their community and are dedicated in the classroom… Continue Reading
Le Moyne senior Pat Wiese has won the 2014 TD Ameritrade Fan’s Choice Award. Wiese won the award over three other finalists, BYU’s Bret Lopez , Dayton’s Robby Sunderman and Albany’s Josh Nethaway , garnering over 40 percent of the fan vote.
The third-annual TD Ameritrade Fan’s Choice Award recognizes college baseball players who excel beyond the diamond and whose leadership inspires others. Continue Reading
Last season while playing for the Vermont Mountaineers, Patrick Wiese was experience excruciating pain in his knee. It turns out the 21 year old had a rare form of bone cancer. The tumor ended his baseball career, but for one night Wiese was back out on the diamond. Wiese was invited by the Mountaineers to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Friday night’s game against Laconia. Wiese’s tumor was removed back in October along with his knee, femur, some tendons and ligaments. You wouldn’t know it by the strike he threw on that first pitch. All night, money was raised for The Patrick Wiese Foundation to support research as well as helping cancer patients and their families. What Patrick is doing now is greater than the game of baseball, but he sure felt good being back at Montpelier Recreation Field… Continue Reading
Patrick Wiese throws out the first pitch and raises money for his cancer research fund.. Continue Reading
The Patrick Wiese Foundation hosted our first annual Foundation Fun Run. The turnout and support from the community was absolutely incredible.
Thank you everyone very, very much!
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A 7-year-old boy in Durham is turning anger into action. He is raising money, not for a new bike, or a new video game, but for cancer research. He says he felt angry and helpless when he learned his cousin was diagnosed with cancer. However, now he is doing something about it because he says he had to do something. “Cancer is these little bad guys and we don’t know how they got in, and they set up a hideout and the doctors took the hideout out and they put in some ninjas and that’s chemo and they just kill anything that’s in the way,” said Cooper Wiese, founder of “Pennies for Pat.” Continue reading..