St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 23, 2019 – St. Louis baseball fans enjoyed seeing the St. Louis Cardinals sweep the Chicago Cubs toward playoff extinction last weekend. Next weekend, they can cheer the softball programs of St. Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis and Webster University—as they compete to help sweep Rett syndrome out of existence.
On Sunday, Sept. 29, a college softball tripleheader at the Billiken Sports Center will serve as the backdrop for the leadoff event of Rett Gets Rocked 2019: Unfinished Business. The fall exhibition softball games feature:
- SLU vs. Webster, Noon
- SLU vs. WashU, 2 p.m.
- WashU vs. Webster, 4 p.m.
A pregame first-pitch ceremony begins at approximately 11:45 a.m. Sunday, with the teams honoring those in attendance who have Rett syndrome. Free promotional items will be available; and donations to Rett Gets Rocked 2019: Unfinished Businesswill be accepted.
RGR 2019 is organized by WashU Play-By-Play Announcer Jay Murry to raise awareness and research funds during Rett Syndrome Awareness Month in October. Murry joined the fight against Rett last October by running and walking for 24 hours at WashU; covering 61.5 miles and raising $4,799 that was split between Rettsyndrome.organd the Rett Spectrum Clinic at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Murry will do another 24-hour stroll for those entities beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at WashU's Sumers Recreation Center.
Rett syndrome is a neurological disorder caused by a gene mutation. Its onset is between 6 to 18 months of age, and Rett takes away purposeful movement and the ability to communicate. Over 200,000 people worldwide have Rett syndrome, including several who live in Missouri and Illinois.