Yankees Universe Fund

What is the New York Yankees Universe Fund?

The New York Yankees and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have joined together to support the Center’s programs in pediatric patient care, research, and education by creating the New York Yankees Universe fund. Proceeds for the fund are generated by donations and the sale of Yankees Universe t-shirts, which can be purchased here.


Where Does the Money Go?

All net proceeds from the sale of new Yankees Universe T-shirts will be donated to the Department of Pediatrics at Memorial Sloan Kettering. The proceeds will go to support pediatric cancer research and care, helping to contribute to advances in the treatment of children with cancer.


About the Partnership

Memorial Sloan-Kettering treats more children with cancer than any other institution in the country, in the process setting a world-wide standard of care through the combination of pioneering research and life-saving treatments. The New York Yankees are the unrivaled world champions of baseball — personifying tenacity, passion, and an unparalleled drive for excellence. Together, Memorial Sloan Kettering and the Yankees are an unbeatable combination, offering new promise to children with cancer.

Give to the New York Yankees Universe Fund

The joint partnership of these two world-renowned institutions will positively affect the treatment of children around the world. Buy a shirt today or make a donation online or by mail to help make a world of difference for kids with cancer. To purchase a shirt, visit the Web site.

To contribute directly to the Yankees Universe fund:

Make a gift online to Yankees Universe fund. You will be given the opportunity to make your gift in honor of someone.

You may also make a gift by mail.

For information about purchasing Yankees Universe t-shirts, visit the Web site.




As a husband and caregiver of a wife battling cancer, times have been real hard. For the most part people have no idea. I want to make sure that I document things not for pity, but for the opportunity to help anyone else that is or might have to go through these things.

No one is ever ready to deal with cancer. As a caregiver, a husband, and a father it took us by surprise to find out that my wife had cancer. I had no idea what to do next. The first thing that came to my mind was “How am I supposed to raise my daughters without my wife?”  The second thing was “How can I go on by myself?” Then anger and next a million other questions flooded my brain.

If you know anything about me you know that I have been 14 years clean and sober. Now on that day, I thought about having a drink or two. My heart was broken and I could not stop anything that was going on, I had lost total control. The best part of me (MY WIFE) took me by the hands and we fell on the floor and started to cry. This was the best thing we both could do.


After what felt like an hour we started to plan how we were going to tell our daughters the devastating news. How can you tell your kids when there is no playbook to go by? We seemed lost and confused as we spoke to one another. This was the day our world as we knew it, changed.

At times, it will seem like there are not enough hours in one day and not enough days in the week. I had to continue to work while my wife was getting her chemo treatments. For me it meant leaving work in the morning and meeting my wife at the clinic. In about six to eight hours later we would be heading home to our girls. I had used all my sick days and most of my vacation time to tend to different things like chemo, surgery, and doctor’s appointments.


Coworkers and friends do not really understand what an emotional rollercoaster life becomes. People always say if you need anything you can count on me. The truth is that unless you have gone through this you will not understand it. Most of the people I know were not even aware of what mesothelioma was. However, I was and still am extremely grateful for their kindness. No one can ever prepare you to deal with a loved one after their chemo treatment. This is the moment when you get that feeling that you wish you could get inside the body of your loved one and take away all their pain.

I prayed a lot and I still pray a lot. I have all my faith in God. I speak to a selected few and I try to ignore the other people who think it’s ok to make fun of people who do not have any sick days left. Yes, I am the lucky one!! I have that not so funny coworker. As much as it hurts I have realized that some people just don’t care since this is not happening to them. I can only pray that they will never have to deal with anything like this in their life.

Stay strong and positive. Don’t let others dictate how you feel.  Smile and laugh as much as you can. It does help. Other people do not have to understand or care what you are going through. Be there for your loved one. Let no one fight alone. God Bless You and Your Family. AMEN



To quote my daughter Jaymi “We are not just a family from The South Bronx, We are champions”

We are somewhat back to normal or what I like to call the new normal. Life after chemo is strange but great. I feel that we all are a little more emotional now; more than before. I think now that things are better we are appreciating life a little bit more.
We have learned that when you really stop and look at the colors of a flower you tend to appreciate the beauty of it. When you stop and feel the wind on your body you just relax as you breathe. We have realized that there is no reason to rush as time does not forgive anyone. Time stops for no one.

Growing up we took things for granted. As adult’s we get too occupied with work and bills but we lose our focus in life. When we found out about my wife’s cancer our world got turned upside down. I thought I was not going to be strong enough to deal with any of this and I thought I was just going to crumble in a million pieces. I prayed everyday like I always did and I learned to ask for advice and help when I could. One of the first things people would tell me is to slow down and take things one day at a time.

When we first started to battle this cancer with the 1st oncologist we did not get any good news nor did we get any hope. As each day passed and we started seeing better doctors life started to change all around us. It was like a cosmic experience.
We now look at things and we say this is what the universe has lined up for us. The good, the bad, and the ugly. We handle things much better now for we now know that time is precious. Whatever does not kill us will make us stronger. Spending time with family and friends have new and better meaning for us. Money can never replace a loved one. Time spent with a love one is priceless.
We all have problems in life. Never lose focus. Family time is important. It does not matter what you have done or not done in life. If you are awake and breathing today the Universe is giving you a chance to better yourselves. Don’t Waste it.







Gene “Stick” Michael and guest
A great present for the Yankee Fan in your life!
Watch the 2017 NEW YORK YANKEES

In a private suite at Yankee Stadium
honoring the architect of the Yankees dynasty Gene “Stick” Michael and guest
They will sign autographs, pose for photos and
tell stories of their Yankee playing days.
Our “Yankee Legends Suite Game” offers a full ballpark buffet and
non-alcoholic beverages – ALL INCLUDED










Since our inception, MINT Pros has been active in many different charities and foundations.
Our commitment to giving back to our customers, clients, and friends is as important to us as MINT Pros itself.

We have actively participated in and worked together with the Mariano Rivera Foundation, The Italian American Baseball Foundation, American Cancer Foundation,
The ALS Association, The Humane Society of the United States, The Frank Catalanotto FoundationJoe DiMaggio Hometown Hero Project,
Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, and our partner charity The WTC United (9/11 Education Trust).





It has been three weeks since my wife had her last procedure. No more chemo or appointments until August 16th. We are starting to get back to normal as best we can. Slowly but surely, we are getting back into rhythm. One day at a time.


With that it was time for my wife to get back to work. I thought It would be difficult for her, but man was I wrong. She could not run fast enough to get back to work. It was like Christmas in June for her. I guess being home for so many months and going through chemo treatments work is a better option.


We are trying to keep ourselves busy as much as we can. Because of the weather at times we have not been able to do things, but when it is nice we have taken full advantage of it. I would like to say thank you to the New York Yankees Organization as they invited our family to be their guests at the stadium last weekend.  We had dinner at the Legends Restaurant and watched a great Yankees win.  We want to publicly thank The Levine family for all they have done for us.


We are taking things one day at a time. We are getting ready for Jaymi’s graduation on June 27th and looking forward to our Mint Pros Event on July 29th where we will be with my wife’s surgeon and many others celebrating the 1977 championship legends, then in August we will take our yearly camping trip to the Hamptons. Things are starting to look better for us and we hope that they will continue to get much better. Again, thank you all for all your prayers and support. Remember No One Fights Alone.  


Letter From (THE REAL) Megan Leavey



From Megan Leavey (Rex Leavey):
To my Dear Friends, Family, Members of the Military, and Fellow Veterans,
As some of you already know, a movie based on the true story of my life experience as a Marine serving in Iraq with my Military Working Dog, Rex, will soon arrive in theaters across the country.


This movie has been a long five years in-the-making, but the time has finally come for “Megan Leavey” which is, “… based on the true story of a Marine’s Best Friend” to be released nation-wide. I am writing to you all in hopes that you will take time from your busy schedules to go and see our movie. I hope that you leave the movie entertained, but it is also my hope that this project will raise awareness about Military Working Dogs who have sacrificed their health, and in some cases, their lives, in service to our great nation.

Once a Marine, always a Marine – and as I have moved on from the Marine Corps into the next chapter of my life in the civilian world, I can’t help but reflect upon my time in combat as well as the time spent recovering from injuries sustained in Iraq. I know that many of you have suffered greatly as a result of your injuries too, both physically and mentally. Most importantly, we will never forget those who did not make it home. It would be my greatest honor to share my story in hopes that it will resonate with you in a very special way.


I am so thankful to have had this opportunity to watch my story come to life as a motion picture, and I will never take it for granted that I lived to tell the tale.
With gratitude,



We are “THE MIGHTY FAMILY”. We have been through a lot the last few months. We had our ups and downs. We have cried and we have laughed. We have screamed and we have been quiet. We have done it together as a Family.

Nowadays people say family values are lost and non existent. For the most part I might agree with people but then I look at my family. I look at my daughters and what they are becoming and I feel proud. Thank God they look like their mother. They have gone above and beyond the call of duty these last few months and they have been my wife’s main source of strength and energy to get through her Cancer treatment.

We have been blessed by God with our daughters. They have been so strong even when the odds where low. They both took on more responsibility in the apartment to help us get through each day and each week. Somehow, they maintain their good grades in school even with all that they had in their minds.

I would like to say Thank You to Angelicamaria and Jaymi for all the challenging work you have put in these last few months and support you girls have given us. We know that all of this has been real hard on you guys and we appreciate all that you girls have done.


With this being said our oldest daughter, Angelicamaria, still had time to volunteer at the Estee Lauder Breast Cancer Awareness event at the Waldorf Astoria at the end of last year. She also took part on The March of Dime walk in NYC a few month ago.


As for Jaymi, she has maintained a strong attitude. At the age of 14 she has become a role model to us as parents. She had tried to hide her emotions at times, but we have bonded together to speak about our situations. She has maintained such good grade that she has become the valedictorian of her 8th grade graduation class on June 27th 2017. Congratulations !!!

We want to thank our daughters for all they have done and continue to do. We know that things have gotten tough at times, but I have seen you girls expand your character more than anyone in your age group should ever have too.    

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