When Ryan Zimmerman's mother, Cheryl, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 1995, he knew he would one day want to do something.
And he wasn't alone. His father Keith and younger brother Shawn were on board with the initiative, too. His eventual spouse Heather, who he married in 2012, would also become involved.
Fast forward to 2006, and ziMS Foundation was born in the family's living room of all places.
The foundation is dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure of MS by funding comprehensive support and educational programs. Since its inception, Zimmerman and company have raised $3.5 million.
And on Monday night, inside Nationals Park at the 10th annual A Night at the Park, $300,000 more were raised in support of the fight against the long-lasting disease.
The event, which was was well-attended by several of Zimmerman's teammates and other supporters, gave guests the chance to bid on silent and live auction pieces before enjoying a private concert from RIAA platinum-certified artist Chase Rice.
"We've always wanted to do something intimate, something that you can't really get anywhere else. And to be able to see a guy like Chase [Rice] with hardly anyone else here, and especially in a venue like this inside a baseball stadium, it's just something unique and fun to share with people," Zimmerman told NBC Sports Washington.
"I think it speaks to the community to be able to do something like this for 10 years. You can't have events like this and continue to raise money if people don't come out and support. There's a special place in my heart, obviously, for D.C. I'll stay here long past the days that I play and it's been a fun event for us to do."
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