St. Louis Cardinals Second Baseman Kolten Wong and his wife Alissa will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs for the 18th Annual Susan G. Komen Greater St. Louis Race for the Cure®, to be held Saturday, June 11, in downtown St. Louis.
Kolten Wong is the second baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, and played college baseball for the University of Hawaii, where he met his wife, Alissa. He has a big place in his heart for fighting cancer as he has lost both his mother and his uncle to their battles recently. Through losing people that he cared so much about, he knew he wanted to make a difference and help raise awareness and funding. He wants to help give an opportunity for more people to beat breast cancer.
Alissa Wong was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was raised in Ohio. She furthered her track career running for University of Hawaii. Like Kolten, Alissa has had family members battle with cancer, including a grandmother and an aunt who are both breast cancer survivors.
“Kolten and I are extremely honored to have the opportunity to be this year’s Honorary Co-Chairs of the 2016 Susan G. Komen Greater St. Louis Race for the Cure,” says Alissa Wong. “The opportunity to give back to the community of St. Louis and those who are battling breast cancer is extremely humbling. Our hope is that this year’s Race gives those who are battling breast cancer or celebrating life as a breast cancer survivor the comfort in knowing that the St. Louis Cardinals as well as the St. Louis community are cheering for them along the way. We are so humbled to be a part of this.”
“We are thrilled to have Kolten and Alissa Wong serving as Honorary Co-Chairs of the 2016 Komen Greater St. Louis Race for the Cure,” said Helen Chesnut, executive director of Susan G. Komen Missouri. “With their support of Komen Missouri’s mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever, there is great potential to make an important impact in the fight against breast cancer in the Greater St. Louis region.”