4 Mom

by: Ryan Cameron @RyanCameron22

Most minor league baseball players have one thing on their mind. Making the Major Leagues. For Seattle Mariners #5 overall prospect Braden Bishop, who is a Texas League All-Star this year, He has something far more important on his agenda.

Braden Bishop's mother Suzy Bishop, who was an Emmy-winning TV producer and worked on shows such as Law & Order and Jag, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's in 2014 at the age of 52. Braden was in college at the University of Washington.

After learning of this terrible news, instead of doing nothing Braden stepped up to the plate once again and started a foundation for Alzheimer's patients called 4 Mom.

I asked him to share a little about the foundation and what it means to him.

"In 2014, my mom was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's at the age of 52 and only five percent of the population is affected by that rare form of it. I've seen it over the past 4 1/2 to 5 years completely dishevel her, break up my family. I've seen my dad go from husband to caregiver. It's just been extremely tough."

"You know when she was first diagnosed, I didn't want her to feel like she was alone and that she could embrace it and people would support her. Did I think it would get where it's at today with 4Mom being an actual 501C3 charitable foundation? No, I didn't think it would get that far. I just wanted to raise some awareness and try to bring some hope to a disease that really doesn't have any."

"Over the last 5 years, we've raised over $50,000 and had three or four events. This last Spring Training, we had 'Hits to end Alzheimer's' and 'Strikeouts to end Alzheimer's'. We had over 105 players and coaches pledge money towards their performance and we ended up raising over $15,000 in a month and a half. Its been a crazy journey and I hope to just keep growing it."

Braden Bishop is currently hitting .307 with 7 home runs, and 27 RBIS for the Arkansas Travelers.

He is rising up the prospect list rapidly. He's an All-Star this year and should find a home in Seattle very soon. Trust me when I say, he would give it all up in a second to know his mom was free of this horrible disease.

I urge everyone to help Braden and his family keep growing his terrific foundation.

Out of the Pen Baseball will be joining Braden and his mother on this journey as we will be donating to 4Mom to help find a cure for this terrible disease. If any of you would like to donate simply go to www.4momalz.com to learn more about this wonderful charity and how you can help!

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