Ron Darling to host fund raiser for Mets' Shannon Forde

Shannon Forde, who is a longtime member of Shannon Forde, who is a longtime member of the Mets' public relations department, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. A wide spectrum of star athletes, from David Wright and Eli Manning to Lebron James and Tim Tebow, have mobilized to raise money for her. Photo Credit: Handout

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Ron Darling said he didnt have to think long or hard before diving in to do his share for Shannon Forde, 41, a Mets media relations staffer for 18 years who in August was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer.

Its just an organic experience for me, said the SNY and TBS analyst, who will emcee a fundraising dinner in support of Forde Nov. 1 in Woodland Park, N.J. Once people found out it was Shannon, that changed the whole deal.

She has affected so many peoples lives at all different levels. Ive never seen anything come together like this and again, its from everyones different experiences with Shannon, and it seems no one has had a bad one.

Darling credited Fordes non-sports friends with leading the effort, but the Mets and the entire New York sports and entertainment community have jumped in with an array of memorabilia and experiences to be auctioned off online, including a batting lesson with David Wright, pitching lessons from Johan Santana or R.A. Dickey and dinner with Keith Hernandez.

Darling and others who know Forde have been promoting the dinner every chance they get in radio and television interviews tied to the MLB postseason; Tim McCarver paid tribute to  her on Fox during Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday.

For more information on the auction and the dinner see hopeshinesforshannon.com

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