PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have raised $1.5 million for the launch of the Nicole Hazen Fund For Hope, the team announced Thursday night.
Nicole, the wife of D-Backs General Manager Mike Hazen, has been battling cancer since July 2020. Nicole was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. Doctors say it's one of the deadliest cancers in the world.
The fund supports physicians and researchers at Barrow Neurological Institute's Ivy Brain Tumor Center in Phoenix. It's the very same center treating Nicole. The D-Backs say it will help fund research and clinical trials to find new therapies for brain cancer.
Hazen previously took a leave of absence from the team in June to be with Nicole and their four kids. Assistant General Manager Amiel Sawdaye took over day-to-day duties. Diamondbacks Team President and CEO Derrick Hall said the team will be supporting Mike and his family.
The team says it received donations from its ownership, the MLB league office, and 29 other MLB ball clubs. For more information on the fund or to make a donation, visit mlb.com/dbacks.
Tonight, we launched the Nicole Hazen Fund for Hope to support the @IvyBrainTumCtr by raising $1.5 million.If you're interested in learning more or donating yourself, please visit https://t.co/kqofLxhyZS. We're with you, Nicole! #DbacksGiveBack pic.twitter.com/xj8tEhEFib— D-backs Give Back (@DbacksGiveBack) September 3, 2021