Archived News from the Original Tour

Site Launch

Welcome everyone! This site is here so that those of us that know and love Jeffrey can track his Ballpark Tour 2006 progress. Enjoy your stay and lend your support.

Thank you,
Jeffrey's Family

Jeffrey Throws Out the 1st Pitch at Jacobs Field!

Jeffrey hit the mound on Friday night at Jacobs Field to throw out the first pitch in honor of The Littlest Heroes night at the stadium. It was an amazing experience!

If you missed the coverage on the news (he was the lead story on WEWS and WKYC!!),

NewsChannel 5

In addition to our local coverage, his story was running on CNN and Headline News on Saturday! A full interview on CNN is being scheduled for the Chicago/Cincinnati weekend so stay tuned! He is truly our MVP!!

The Littlest Heroes Race for Children's Sake is a great success!

Despite the initial rainy weather, the clouds lifted at the kick-off of the Race for Children's Sake at Jacobs Field on Saturday, August 19th. Jeffrey served as event spokesperson and was also later presented with an award of recognition from CureSearch, the world's largest childhood cancer research organization, for the awareness that his ballpark tour is bringing to this underfunded area of cancer research.

Jeffrey's Ballpark Tour hits the news across the nation!

For those of you that live in Cleveland, you probably noticed the front page article about Jeffrey and the ballpark tour in the Cleveland Plain Dealer today. For those of you that do not have access to the paper, here is the online version of the article:

Click here for the article.

Thanks to John Horton of the Plain Dealer for capturing Jeffrey's story so beautifully!

After the PD story, word spread and Jeffrey's story was picked up by the Associated Press and many newspapers across the country!

Recent Updates/Changes

THANKS TO YOU!: We have added a page to recognize and give thanks to so many who are helping to make this Tour a success! WE THANK YOU!!

DONATIONS: For those of you who have asked how you can help out, please see the DONATIONS link to the right => We are grateful for assistance in any way you feel moved, including making connections with MLB teams, hotel discounts, frequent flier mile donations, etc.

Please check in frequently as new photos will be posted as soon as we can for each recent ball park visit!! (note: you must sign up as a member to view the Gallery) The photo albums give a visual diary of each and every trip Jeffrey has taken so far which you can view as a slideshow or on a picture-by-picture basis. You can also print individual photos on, just zoom into an image and click the "Print on" link. (Note: it is not free, but it is quite inexpensive and you have a multitude of choices for layout, size, etc) You can also right click and save pictures to your computer to print on your own or elsewhere.

Now you can see a visual map of the U.S. ball park spots Jeffrey has been to so far. If you click on a marker, it will display the date, the teams that played, the final score and will link you directly to that game's folder in the Gallery. Look to the right => for the link to "Where has Jeffrey been?"

CHATBOX: Due to some unforeseen formatting issues with the chatbox, we had to remove it for the time being. In the meantime, please use the forums for sending messages and well-wishes to Jeffrey. Thanks.

Jeffrey is invited to practice with the Tribe!

We received a phone call this week from Eric Wedge, manager of the Indians, inviting Jeffrey to come and participate in practice with the team before the game on Friday! Getting to WATCH the team during batting practice is one thing --- but to get on that field and feel like one of the team? WOW!

Click here to read the online posting with the Plain Dealer this afternoon under Breaking News: Cancer Patient to Practice with Tribe

Stay tuned to the site's Photo Gallery for some great shots from Friday - and watch the Plain Dealer as their photographer will be there tomorrow, as well. Click for PD photo

Click to view network coverage of Jeffrey’s practice with the Indians shown on 10:00pm Fox8 news

The Latest News on the Ballpark Tour!

The guys just got off their latest tour this weekend - clap! clap! clap! clap!...Deep in the Heart of Texas----yes, the whole crowd sings along on that one at Minute Maid Park! Heartbreaking to see those hometown Indians lose under the Texas sun but the Rangers made Jeffrey feel right at home at Ameriquest Field. (He did get some nods and thumbs-up from the Indians dugout!) What a great trip! The rest of the month has been scheduled out and Jeffrey is ready for the adventures ahead.

Jeffrey, his Dad and brother Alex went into this trip after receiving the news that Jeffrey's chemo under this clinical trial is not working, and the cancer continues to grow, riddling his skeletal system with more lesions. He knows what he is dealing with, and that his time is limited, and although those stats are against him, he keeps going up to bat, determined to give it his all. He is determined to keep running those bases and living life fully.

And so the Tour continues and Jeffrey enjoys the escape he gets at each and every ball park he visits.

And how about this----Brad Minor and his team at Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts, the Official Hotel of Major League Baseball, guarantees Jeffrey will continue his ball park adventures into post-season by securing him World Series tickets!! Thanks, Brad and team, for all you've done, providing Jeffrey's hotel stays for the remainder of his Tour and for helping with tickets when needed!

Stay tuned and be sure to check the Photo Gallery often as we update the photos after each ball park visit, as well as the Thank You page for updated thanks for all of the amazingly generous donations which make this Tour possible!

CNN Interview on Saturday 9/9!

For those of you who have been seeing some previews and bit spots on CNN about Jeffrey and his ball park tour, tune in tomorrow, Saturday, September 9th on the CNN Saturday Morning program. Jeff's interview should air between 8:15am - 8:30am EST bar any late-breaking news (the devastating plane crash in Kentucky pre-empted their segment 2 weeks ago when they were in the CNN studios in Atlanta on 8/27).

So tune in to see our MVP as he continues his Tour, fulfilling his dream, while also bringing national awareness to the need for cancer research! Click to view CNN interview.

Jeffrey to Appear on ESPN's "Cold Pizza" Show on Tuesday, October 3rd!

While in NYC earlier this week for Mets and Yankees games, Jeffrey was invited to be interviewed on ESPN's "Cold Pizza" program. And he did an amazing job! He got to check out the ESPN studios in Manhattan and loved being on the set of a show he watches quite often! He got to meet some ESPN personalities, including Woody Paige, sports columnist and one of the hosts of Cold Pizza!

The segment is currently scheduled to air on Tuesday, October 3rd and airs from 10a-Noon EST on ESPN2. Note: previous email sent to site members indicated his interview would air either Thursday, 9/28 or Friday, 9/29; however, other breaking news pushed back the segment to next week.

So be sure to TiVo or tune-in on Tuesday, October 3rd, to see our MVP on ESPN!! To view the video clip, click here.

A special thanks to Brad Minor of Holiday Inn Hotels, the official hotel of MLB, for coordinating this opportunity!

Jeffrey's World Series Trip Cancelled

Although Jeffrey and all of his family were looking forward to his trip to Game 3 of the World Series in St. Louis on Tuesday October 24th, plans had to be cancelled. Jeffrey's health is failing and his much anticipated trip became an impossibility. He spent a week in the hospital a few days after returning from his final game of the regular season in San Francisco, due to excessive pain that could not be controlled. It was discovered that the disease progressed to his lungs. Since then, his breathing has become more labored and his mobility decreased. As of last week, he was still looking forward to going to Game 3 but has had some turns for the worse these past couple days, and regretfully had to resolve to cancel the trip.

Please keep Jeffrey in your thoughts and prayers. Please send him your positive energies. Keep in touch with updates here, as well as at where his mother Connie keeps journaled updates on his health.

And thank you to all of you for your support of Jeffrey and his Tour. Please feel free to send him well wishes here and we will be sure he gets them. We know he has touched your lives and the lives of many with this Tour, and the efforts of this Tour will continue to do that in his name.

The Newbauer Family

Jeffrey S. Newbauer, Jr. 12/06/83 - 10/25/06

At 8:02pm on October 25, 2006, Jeffrey passed on to his own field of dreams where he can watch the remainder of the 2006 World Series with the best seats in the house. 

Jeffrey's Memorial Viewing and Service

Jeffrey's family appreciates all of the kind wishes and prayers we have been receiving. We feel your support and are most grateful.

For those of you in the area who would like to pay your last respects to Jeffrey, services will be as follows:

Ferfolia Funeral Home
356 West Aurora Road
Sagamore Hills OH 44067

Viewing Hours:
Saturday, October 28: 7pm - 9pm
Sunday, October 29: 2pm - 4pm & 7pm - 9pm

Funeral Service:
St. Cosmas & Damian
10429 Ravenna Road
Twinsburg OH 44087
Mass - Monday, October 30 @ 10:00am

Burial Service:
All Saints Cemetary
480 Highland Road
Northfield OH 44067
(immediately following mass)

Happy NEWBE Year!

Happy New Year to all!

The turn of this new year has been filled with overwhelming well wishes from so many! And overwhelming, indeed, as we continue to turn this wonderful ballpark tour and campaign for cancer awareness to a non-profit charity to fulfill our promise to Jeffrey.

We were so pleased to see that our web site continues to receive visitors - hitting the 1,000,000 hits mark was quite a Christmas gift!

We have been quite busy working out all of the details involved with continuing “Jeff’s Ballpark Tour” for others who are fighting their battle with cancer – others who can enjoy visiting ballparks around the country as Jeffrey did for some rest, relaxation and most importantly. an escape from cancer. As we are providing this service to families dealing with cancer, Jeff's Ballpark Tour has become a program of The Littlest Heroes, an organization which improves the lives of Northeast Ohio children living with cancer by providing services that address the social, emotional, spiritual and physical aspects of childhood cancer. We give ongoing thanks to Blazine Monaco, director and founder of The Littlest Heroes, for her support and assistance.

We continue to receive support and are pleased to share a few local upcoming events which are being held to benefit Jeff's Ballpark Tour:

  • JeffStock '07 is a benefit concert which has been organized and produced by several high school students from Twinsburg High School, Jeffrey's alma mater (2002). The concert will feature several local bands and is being held at The Agora here in Cleveland on Friday, January 12th. For more information, please visit We thank Jimmy Davis and his crew for taking on this venture and for choosing Jeff's Ballpark Tour as their cause!

  • The 1st Annual Run for Research will be held in Twinsburg this spring. The event is being organized by Mandy Sekerak, a friend of Jeffrey's. It will be a family event, including a family fun walk, as well as a 5k run, and will be held at the Twinsburg Fitness Center. Stay tuned here for more information about this event as it unfolds.

In addition to these exciting events, stay tuned for our new look and web site, which will include Jeff's Ballpark Tour merchandise!

So help us continue to encourage others to STEP UP TO THE PLATE----HIT the site, PITCH the cause, let's STRIKE OUT cancer!!

Jeffrey Receives Courage Award from The Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital

On March 24, 2007, Jeffrey was honored by The Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital as one of four children to receive a Courage Award. The award was presented at the 17th Annual HeartThrob Ball held at the InterContinental Hotel in Cleveland. The event raised over $250,000 for the Children's Hospital and is one of their major fundraisers. Jeffrey's story of courage and his amazing spirit of caring for other children being treated for cancer was shared, as were the amazing stories of the other children being awarded who were there that evening. Jeffrey would have been so honored to have been included with these brave, young inspirational kids.

Please click here to see an amazing video presentation of the Courage Award winners as shown at the event that evening. Thank you to The Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for this amazing tribute. 

A New Look!

We have been very busy redesigning a new web site for Jeff's Ballpark Tour! We are so excited about the new look and the great things that will come with it - online shopping for ballpark tour items, ways to get involved, updates on events and fundraisers. We appreciate your patience as we work on this (which has left the old site a little stale) but we think you'll love the new look! We hope to have it up and LIVE this week!!

In the meantime, here's an update on JBPT news!!

Jeffrey Honored by The United Way of Summit County
On April 19, 2007, Jeffrey was among many volunteers honored by The United Way of Summit County at their 6th Annual Volunteer Celebration. Jeffrey's memorial recognition was in honor of his past fundraising efforts for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in Twinsburg each summer where his teams alone helped the ACS raise over $80,000.

Recent Fundraisers Present Checks to Jeff's Ballpark Tour!
Amazing fundraising efforts are happening and we are so grateful to those who have chosen Jeff's Ballpark Tour as the recipient of their efforts! Special thanks go out to: Kent State InterGreek Programming Board - over $10,000 from SongFest '07; Mavis Winkle's Irish Pubs - over $4,000 from St. Patricks Day events;  Run4Research - $2,500 from 1st annual run event; Kim Kapustik of Realty One in Solon - $2500 from current 2007 commission donations.
Go to the Events section to read more about all of our past fundraising events, as well as view photos from those events in our Gallery . Stop by to our Upcoming Events to see how you'd like to get involved!

BSI Reverse Raffle is a HUGE Success!

Reverse RaffleOn May 26, 2007, Benefit Services, Inc. of Copley Ohio organized a Reverse Raffle event at the Assumption Church Family Center in Broadview Heights. The fun-filled evening benefited Jeff's Ballpark Tour/NEWBEginning, Inc. and sported a baseball theme, of course! Great food & music, as well as exciting chances to take home some wonderful raffle prizes and cash!

In addition to all of those who attended, many generous donations were made, including the main board winner of the reverse raffle, who donated the winning purse of $7,000 back to Jeff's Ballpark Tour/NEWBEginning!

Many thanks to BSI for all of their hard work in putting together this event which will become an annual fundraiser for JBPT!! Stay tuned for the 2nd Annual event next year which will likely be held around Opening Day!!

NEWBEginning Donates Indians Tickets to The Littlest Heroes
TLHNEWBEginning, Inc. purchased and donated 50 Indians tickets to be used by The Littlest Heroes of Chesterland Ohio at their Annual Littlest Heroes Night Out at Jacobs Field. The event was held on August 10th, and has become a wonderful event for their organization and the families touched by cancer that they serve. The Littlest Heroes promotes spiritual, emotional, social, and physical healing of children living with cancer and their families by developing and providing a total system of support that compliments traditional health care. NEWBEginning is pleased to work with The Littlest Heroes in those areas where our joint efforts can serve and benefit those touched by cancer.

Jeff's NEWBEginning, Inc. Receives 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Status
On June 18, 2007, Jeff's NEWBEginning, Inc. received its tax-exempt status, designating the organization as a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity. The IRS's Determination Letter  is retroactive back to January 8, 2007, the date that NEWBEginning was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization. Jeff's Ballpark Tour will be a permanent program of Jeff's NEWBEginning, Inc., and will continue as one of the NEWBEginning programs in serving adolescents & young adults with cancer. 
We want to thank The Littlest Heroes and their executive director, Blazine Monaco, for their support as our fiscal sponsor in our initial months. We look forward to our joint efforts in serving families touched by cancer.

NEWBEginning & The Cleveland Indians Host Young Survivors at the American League Playoffs!

Chief WahooThree courageous young folks from the northeast Ohio area were guests of NEWBEginning and The Cleveland Indians during the ALCS playoffs October 15th, 16th & 18th. Each guest had the opportunity, not only to attend the playoff game, but were honored in pre-game festivities by accompanying the chosen celebrity throwing the ceremonial first pitch out to the pitchers mound. Brandon Cox, age 17, of Eastlake Ohio, recently underwent brain surgery but had the strength to escort weatherman Al Roker to the mound at the October 15th game.  Kelly Lucus, age 22, of Lyndhurst Ohio is undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma and showed off her amazing attitude at the game on October 16th. Click here for a local newscast, the top story on the 11pm news, of Kelly's visit to the ballpark. Drew Arabie, age 16, of Willoughby Ohio, is currently in remission after 2 relapses from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia which he was diagnosed with at the age of 2. Drew had the honor of escorting another cancer survivor to the mound that night - olympic ice skater Scott Hamilton. Click here for a local front-page story of Drew's night at the ballpark.

NEWBEginning looks forward to hosting more survivors with the support of the Cleveland Indians when the Tribe clinches a place in the World Series...pending Game 7 to be held at the time of this posting. GO TRIBE!

Toss NEWBEginning a Penny Everytime You Search the Internet!

What if NEWBEginning/Jeff’s Ballpark Tour earned a penny every time you searched the Internet? Well, now we can! What a great way for us to continue Jeff’s mission to help other young patients with cancer! is a new search engine that donates half its revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. You use it just as you would any search engine, and it's powered by Yahoo!, so you get great results. And just 500 of us searching four times a day will raise about $7300 in a year without anyone spending a dime!

Just click here and then go to the Ongoing Fundraisers section. It will tell you how you can set up Goodsearch and start giving every time you do an online search! HOW EASY IS THAT?! SPREAD THE WORD!!!

H&R Block Donates $25 for Every New Client During Tax Season

 H&R Block Referral Program
Looking for help on your 2008 income taxes? Visit a participating H&R Block between 1/1/09 and 11/1/09 to have your taxes prepared and take along a copy of this form (download it here ). If you are a new client to H&R Block, they will donate $25 to NEWBEginning as part of their Non-Profit Referral Program.

Pass the word to friends, family & coworkers!

It's a nice thing to feel good about during tax season, right?

Make a secure online donation:
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Follow Jeffrey's adventure... Visiting 26 out of 30 Major League Ball Parks! Please enjoy your visit as you follow Jeffrey's baseball odyssey where he met the players and spread the word on the tremendous need for cancer research.