“Batting For Boobies is in its fourth year and it’s still growing!”
These were the words of the co-founders of this fund-raiser that helps cancer patients by offering a chosen yearly recipient, and the proceeds from a softball tournament to help defray medical costs or just to treat themselves.
Co-founders Andy Lewis and Linda Hisey are thrilled with the growing support for their fundraiser. Back in 2012, Lewis and Hisey were talking and were amazed at the number of people they knew or people they knew about who were dealing with cancer. Lewis is the owner of Andy Lewis State Farm Insurance on Court Street and Hisey is his office manager. They were talking about how expensive treatment is, add in all the ancillary costs and there is little if nothing left to live on.
As the conversation continued over the course of weeks, it always came back to money—not enough of it. The two, in very short time, put together a fund-raiser that would allow them to offer someone dealing with cancer real money for real needs.
This year’s tournament will be held on Aug. 5 at the Eyman Park softball field in Washington C.H. The tournament is a round robin event with 16 teams starting and only one team winning. The games start at 8 a.m.
The ceremonies will take place at noon. However, all through the day there will be live music, the Mt. Carmel mobile mammogram unit, a dunk tank provided by Billy Parrish, Small Town Fitness from Greenfield will be under the tent with information and demonstrations about staying fit, the New Holland Fire Department will be demonstrating their Jaws of Life, the Pink Fire Truck will be on site for those cancer survivors who wish to place their names on the truck, as well as a bake sale and the sale of Batting For Boobies wrist bands, shirts and hats.
To make appointments for the mammogram unit, call 614-566-1111 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Another partner that makes this fundraiser successful is Jen Dill of Wendy’s International. Dill is the manager of four Wendy’s stores and a major supporter of Batting for Boobies and a cancer survivor herself. Dill sells Batting for Boobies wristbands in all her stores and covers the cost of needed supplies for tournament day.
All proceeds will go to the 2017 recipient, Tamra Jaynes, who was diagnosed in the fall of 2016. Tamra, who started her chemo just prior to Thanksgiving, has a very positive outlook and shared that in one seven-day period she had five doctor appointments. She is “excited to meet all the generous people” – all complete strangers – who are willing to donate to this fundraiser to help her.
According to Lewis and Hisey, “The winners of this tournament are the recipient of the money raised by this fund-raiser and the participants who are helping someone who is battling cancer.”
Lewis and Hisey invite everyone to stop out for a while to cheer on the teams and to mingle with some extraordinary people.
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