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Rays infielder Daniel Robertson lends a hand to help families dealing with cancer

Robertson hosted a fan fest type event for the second straight year to raise money.
Daniel Robertson and one of the young fans at his charity event. [Special to the Times]
Daniel Robertson and one of the young fans at his charity event. [Special to the Times]
Published Jan. 19, 2018

Rays infielder Daniel Robertson has much to be excited about heading into his second season in the majors.

But before packing for spring training, he took some time last weekend to provide help for families needing assistance in dealing with cancer.

His Daniel Robertson Family Foundation held its second annual Fan Fest, designed to raise money to help offset medical bills and other expenses. Robertson's mom, Julie, plays a large role in organizing the event.

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"The money we raise goes to families in need," Daniel Robertson said. "Especially if the breadwinner is sick and they're not able to work and support their family."

Robertson knows firsthand what they are going through, having lost his father to lung cancer in September 2013.

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With nearly a dozen other players – including Rays teammate Jake Faria – lending their time last weekend in southern California, Robertson said the event was again a success.

"We had a great turnout," he said. "We were very pleased."

After raising just under $10,000 last year, Robertson siad they were hoping to beat that with a silent auction and online donations. To donate, see