Akron, OH – The Akron RubberDucks and Akron Children’s Hospital have teamed for the second consecutive year to host Friday’s Hematology & Oncology Awareness Event, which is highlighted by the emotionally-moving, "Home Run for Life" ceremony following the third inning, a moment of silence, and a balloon release before the game. After the game, Akron Children’s Hospital is sponsoring an Elton John-themed fireworks show.

This year, two Akron area boys will take part in the "Home Run for Life" ceremony to celebrate their fight against cancer.

Seven-year-old Donche Tyler from Akron, a second-grade honor roll student at Edge Academy, was diagnosed with brain cancer in December when a tumor a little larger than a golf ball was discovered in the left side of his head. After multiple surgeries and radiation treatments, he is cancer free and in remission as of May 8.

Four-year-old William Cramer from Suffield recently underwent a bone marrow transplant in his fight against neuroblastoma. He is hopeful for a positive diagnosis in the near future.

Akron Children's Hospital is a not-for-profit organization established in 1890, and is the largest pediatric health care provider in northeast Ohio. Akron Children's earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission, a health care provider accreditation organization, as well as Magnet Recognition Status for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. For more information, visit www.akronchildrens.org.

For more information, go to www.AkronRubberDucks.com or call 330-253-5151.