FORT MYERS, Fla. â?? After an offseason filled with trade rumors, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier was honored just to be invited to join Team Trucker.
An online campaign endorsed by the charitable foundation of former Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki, the #TruckerToughChallenge started Jan. 31 and quickly expanded to include messages of support from star ballplayers around the majors.
Trucker Dukes, a 3-year-old boy in hospice care as he battles Stage IV neuroblastoma in Maui, HI, caught the attention of Hawaii-native Suzuki and his wife Renee after they heard from the boy’s parents. The initial request, as reported by FoxSports.com, was just to buy T-shirts to help the family pay medical costs associated with Trucker’s treatment.
From there, the idea quickly mushroomed into a Facebook page and now a national campaign to support Trucker and raise awareness for pediatric cancer research. Renee Suzuki contacted Renee Dozier and asked if her husband would be interested in sending along a selfie of him making a “Tough Face” while flashing the “Shaka” or “hang loose” …
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