For 57 years, the Boston Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund have maintained an incredible relationship, and it comes as no surprise that the two have much in common. The primary characteristics of determination, teamwork and friendship are underlying themes for both organizations.
It seems only fitting that Jon Lester, a cancer survivor himself, is the starting pitcher on the final day of the Ninth Annual Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon, and Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner can think of no better spokesperson representing both the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund.
"He's a great athlete and a great role model," Werner said during Red Sox Gameday Live. "It's a great coincidence, but he is a spokesman for fighting back and getting through cancer and he's been a great role model."
Werner also expanded upon the relationship between the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund, calling it "the standard for all relations between philanthropies and sports teams."
Check out Werner's entire interview below.