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LeTourneau Baseball Players Driving For the Cure

For Aaron Bearden, Ethan Cravalho, Ed Hurta, and Ryan Van Zandt, it's the trip of a lifetime. The four LeTourneau University baseball players are going on the road after graduation to see the sights every sports fan dreams of.

"The most important thing is Yankee Stadium," Ryan admits, "since it's going to be torn down next year. It evolved from there. From there, we thought about Kansas City, Chicago, Detroit, they're on the way. Baltimore, Philadelphia, Atlanta on the way back."

"The Hall of Fame, the White House," Aaron adds, "it evolved from something small into something big."

It got even bigger. The Mets offered free tickets, the Yankees said they would recognize the four, and the Hall of Fame offered a private tour.

Then, the four decided to make more than a trip, they wanted to make a difference.

"A lot of people go on these road trips," Ryan said, "why don't we do this and help somebody out, help some charity?"

Three of the four players had experience with breast cancer in their families, so they chose the Susan B. Komen their charity, and were amazed at the response.

"It's been crazy," Aaron said, "with how many people just come up to us and thank us, who have had breast cancer in their families. It's been awesome how many people have responded."

For the four friends, it'll be thirteen days on the road for all the right reasons.

"These are my three best friends," Ryan said. "We've had all kinds of fun trips together. Now, to be able to go see all of these stadiums together and do it for this cause,  it's just something that's worked out great."

The travellers have established a MySpace page, where they'll update their journey. Interested people can also donate money on the page, which is located here.

Reid Kerr can be reached at rkerr@kltv.com.

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