Who Is #10?
Give 10 for 10 was inspired by our late friend, teammate and mentor, #10, Carmen Dominguez. She passed away after a courageous battle with recurrent metastatic breast cancer on June 4, 2011.
From her birthplace in Sonora, Mexico to her home in the suburbs of Washington, DC, Carmen was well known and loved by all who knew her and whose paths she crossed. From her family, longtime friends and teammates to her oncology team and hospice caregivers—she left a positive mark on each who knew or came to know her even through the last innings of her life. She amazed us with her strength, inspired us with her attitude, and moved us to action in the form of Give 10 for 10.
As a baseball player, Carmen turned heads and elicited great praise for her athleticism, sportsmanship and passion for the game. As a person, Carmen earned great respect and admiration for her generous spirit, contagious enthusiasm and determination. Carmen consciously lived every moment to the fullest, right up until the end of her journey. She refused to leave the field without having given her all, and she refused to leave this world without having given the same hearty effort. She greeted every day with gratitude for the blessings it would bring and ended each night satisfied she had made the most of her day. She was generous with all that she had, no matter how little that might be – whether donating her hard earned money or taking the time to help someone in need – even while struggling with her health. It is no surprise that she requested that the song “Have I Done Any Good in the World Today” be shared at her memorial service – even while dying, she continued to teach us priceless lessons about how to LIVE life.
Though Carmen’s time on this earth is over, her message lives on – It’s Not About How Much You Have – It’s About What You Do With It. It is our hope that Give 10 for 10 will continue to carry on her spirit and reflect the lessons and examples she shared with us.