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Billy Hamilton wearing Children's Hospital patient signatures for childhood cancer awareness

Billy Hamilton wearing Children's Hospital patient signatures for childhood cancer awareness
Posted at 3:42 PM, Sep 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-01 15:42:34-04

CINCINNATI -- Billy Hamilton will be wearing the signatures of patients at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center when the Reds face the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday night.

Hamilton is wearing the signed cleats in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, which is September.

More than 15,000 children and young adults are diagnosed with cancer each year in the U.S., according to the Children's Cancer Research Fund. Nearly 2,000 people under age 19 die from cancer each year.

Hamilton isn't the only Red recognizing children with cancer. After hitting a home run Thursday, Joey Votto gave his bat and jersey to a 6-year-old fan fighting stage neuroblastoma.