Slug One For Drew fundraiser supports Richland teen battling Leukemia

RICHLAND, Wash. — The Tri-Cities community is backing up a Richland teen who was diagnosed with Leukemia earlier this year. Drew Schock’s long-time friend Jazz Little, knows a thing or two about hospitalization.

“It’s definitely a lot of take in that someone I’ve known for so long has got this terrible thing,” Jazz said.

When Jazz was just three years old, he was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease.

As a teen, he’s now in remission, helping his lifelong friend fight the battle of his life.

“So Drew’s dad was my baseball coach and Drew was on the same team and we just got along and played baseball together,” the duo has known each other since they were in elementary school.

Eight years ago, Jazz’s family organized the Solo Cup Fundraiser as a way to raise money for Irritable Bowel Disease research, in honor of Jazz.

Until this year, it’s always been in a bar.

“First year I’ll be able to attend because you know, it’s always – you have to be 21 and up to attend it,” Jazz laughed.

This year, the Solo Cup Fundraiser is supporting Slug One For Drew, as he undergoes treatment at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Schock was diagnosed with Leukemia on February 27th, 2022, and admitted to Seattle Children’s Hospital the next day.

Weeks earlier, he started to show symptoms, but no one could tell they’d turn out to be the signs of cancer. You can follow along with his journey on Slug One For Drew on Facebook.

“So I’ve been in their spot, I know where they’re at right now. Doug and Theresa have been such a great support for us with Jazz as we’ve gone through everything we have with Jazzy,” Jen Little said.

Jen Little recalled a time when Drew was the one donating to Jazz.

“I would get a knock at the door and there would be Drew with a little check that he had raised money for Jazz for this solo cup that we hosted for cure for IBD,” she said.

Jen said when it was time to put together their annual fundraiser, they switched things around.

“It was a no-brainer for Jazzy that he’s like this year we’re doing solo cup for drew, not for me and I said of course,” Jen said.

“Felt like Solo Cup would be a really — good thing to support them,” Jazz said.

The event will take place at John Dam Plaza in Richland from 5 to 9 PM on June 25th. There will be a raffle, kid’s zone, live music, food trucks and a beer garden with a $10 entry fee and $2 drinks.

The proceeds will go to Drew Schock and his family and, Seattle Children’s Hospital Leukemia Research.

You can purchase a t-shirt or hat to support them here.

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