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For Ryan Dempster, a cause he takes to heart

The Red Sox pitcher’s foundation is spreading the word on obscure affliction

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Ryan Dempster decided in 2009 that he wanted to establish a charitable foundation. The legal paperwork was easy enough, but picking a specific cause to support required more thought.

Since his days as a minor league player, when he volunteered to speak at elementary schools and Little League banquets, Dempster had supported various organizations and endeavors. His commitment increased over the years as he became more established in baseball.

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