Lee's foundation selling bracelets
First baseman raising awareness for rare congenital disease
CHICAGO -- Derrek Lee's 1st Touch Foundation sold 1,460 Project 3000 bracelets and raised $7,300 at the Cubs Convention, and fans will be able to purchase the bracelets online this week.
Heather Scherber, development and events coordinator for Lee's 1st Touch Foundation, said the bracelets will be available for $5 apiece, plus a $1 fee for shipping and handling. Fans can go to www.1stTouch.org to order. Scherber said anyone who already sent an e-mail will not be charged the additional shipping and handling fee. There have been some problems connecting to the Web site, and Scherber said the goal is to have everything in order and operating by Friday.
The light maroon bracelets have "Believe the Unseen" on one side, and "Project 3000" on the other. Proceeds go towards Project 3000, which was created to help find a cure for Lebers Congenital Amaurosis (LCA), a rare disease which causes severe vision loss and blindness. Lee's 3-year-old daughter, Jada, was diagnosed with LCA.
Lee also got a contribution from broadcasters Len Kasper and Bob Brenly's charity concert Jan. 18 at the House of Blues in Chicago. The "Len and Bob Bash" raised $52,927, and the Cubs said a portion will go toward Project 3000, and a donation also will be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Project 3000 was designed to provide state of the art genetic testing for every man, woman and child who has LCA. People are urged to contact www.carverlab.org/project3000 for more information regarding LCA and Project 3000.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.