The story behind Strikeout Out Cancer with Jason Motte

The story behind Strikeout Out Cancer with Jason Motte

(WMC-TV) - When former Memphis Redbird Jason Motte got the call up to the St. Louis Cardinals, he knew he wouldn't leave everything behind.

Motte and his wife Caitlin make their home in Memphis and have started Strike Out Cancer with Jason Motte charity benefiting the Wings Foundation.

Working a four and a half hour drive from home can be quite the hassle, but for St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Motte, and his wife Caitlin, it's a time well spent.

"When you make that drive a lot there's a lot of time to think and it just kind of sparked the idea of Jason has this podium that we can really reach out to people," said Caitlin.

That spark quickly ignited and Jason took advantage of the baseball community.    

"He's got a great in playing baseball and he was able to go around the league and explain to guys what we were doing and why we were raising the money," said Caitlin.

And so they ran with it, taking valuable life lessons learned from Caitlin's grandfather, Lynn, and transforming them into a noble cause.

"West clinic, particularly the wings foundation provided so much support to our family that you know our grandfather taught us to give back and we couldn't think of a better way," said Jason.

Last summer, Caitlin's grandfather, Lynn Doyle was fighting a tough battle with lung cancer.

"He was a patient at the west clinic and did stuff there," said Caitlin.

In late August, with a month left in the season - the Cardinal's stood ten and a half games back, suggesting the Motte's would have plenty of time to begin the process.

"We had actually tried to do something last season while he was there to really try and get it going and get it off the ground," said Jason.

But the birds began one of the greatest late season comebacks in baseball history, fighting their way into the playoffs.

"With the season going on and we kind of got a late start last year and with us going to the world Series in 2011 it kind of pushed the season back a long way," said Jason.

The cardinals ended up winning the world series with Jason on the mound for the final way -  a fly ball to left field.

Two months later, the Mottes went from celebration to lamentation, as Lynn Doyle passed away on Dec. 26.

Now Jason has his chance to turn that final out from a fly ball to a strikeout... with cancer at the plate.

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