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.
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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.