Braves catcher comes to aid of 3-year-old with cancer

Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki takes batting practice at Champion Stadium on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
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Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki takes batting practice at Champion Stadium on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki’s involvement in a social-media campaign on behalf of a 3-year-old with Stage IV Neuroblastoma has led to a flurry of professional athletes stepping up on behalf of young Trucker Dukes.

Trucker lives on in the island of Maui, where Suzuki was born and grew up and his parents still live. Through family connections, Suzuki and his wife, Renee, learned of Trucker and his parents and that the Dukes family and friends of the Dukes family, from New York to Hawaii, were helping to support the cause and aid the family in their plight.

Recently Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports detailed Suzuki's involvement and how his efforts have caught the attention of his fellow athletes, and there is a Team Trucker page on Facebook.

Suzuki agreed to a one-year contract with the Braves on Jan. 21. He is expected to form a one-two catching combo with Tyler Flowers.