This is the third year for the annual Andy Lewis State Farm Insurance softball tournament which benefits a local individual who is battling cancer.
Three years ago, Andy Lewis and Linda Bushey were talking about all the people in their lives who have or were currently fighting cancer. And, as always happens with a good thing, a bell rang, and “Batting For Boobies” was formed. It’s a simple concept. Get a lot of energetic softball enthusiasts, borrow a couple of fields, provide some snacks and plenty of water, gather together some dedicated sponsors, ask for help from some really thoughtful people, throw in a band, a dunk tank and you have the makings for a first class fund raiser.
That makes it sound really simple. It is not that easy, however, the fund raiser has not proven to be as difficult as it could have been. The hook seems to be local people helping local people. Everyone knows someone who has had cancer or is currently fighting the disease. And, everyone understands how medical bills can take a toll on a budget even if you have insurance. All money made during the tournament, which will be played at Eyman Park on Aug. 13, goes toward medical expenses for a local person. Maybe it’s someone you work with or someone you know.
This year, the recipient is Tammy Medock, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last November. Medock works in the billing department for Fayette County Memorial Hospital and expresses her gratitude with a beautiful smile saying she “is thankful for this opportunity to pay some of her medical bills.” According to Medock, “You don’t know what is going on inside your body…do your regular check-ups.” If you have not followed a regular check-up regime, “now is a good time to start. Anyone, at any age, any income, any education, can be diagnosed with cancer or some other debilitating condition. Start now.”
This year, there are two major sponsors for Batting For Boobies. Jen Dill indicates “Wendy’s International is happy to be involved in community events like Batting for Boobies,” and echoes Medock’s statement “about start now with your regulars.” Wendy’s sold the Batting For Boobies bracelets, which are always popular, they put out donation boxes, and are contributing ice and paper products for the event. Rooster’s helped increase the donation by raising money through a successful raffle of items.
“We are ready to go,” said Lewis. “We have a full roster of 16 teams who are anxious to play softball.”
Linda Hisey added that “there will be a dunk tank, the Pink Fire Truck will be available for signatures; there will be raffles, and, the band 30 OT6 will add to the festive atmosphere.” Also there will be a concession stand and a souvenir table.
The tournament starts at 9 a.m. on Aug. 13. The most exciting part of the day is the opportunity to meet so many people who are willing to help support this unique, hometown fundraiser. See you there!