Tygarts Valley High School Senior Christopher Croston is aiming to "strike out" breast cancer.
Croston is organizing a Jack and Jill Softball Tournament to raise money for cancer patients as part of his senior project.
"My grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2010. I have seen firsthand how this disease affects families and I hope to help others through this event," Croston said in a news release.
The tournament is set for Saturday at the Little League Field in Huttonsville. The games, featuring teams made up of five guys and five girls, will begin at 12:30 p.m. Croston has eight teams scheduled to play in the tournament.
Other activities - including a macaroni and cheese and pepperoni roll dinner and carnival games for kids - are set to begin at 11 a.m. Cancer survivors will be recognized, and souvenir T-shirts will be available for purchase.
All proceeds from the day will go to the Patient Assistance Fund at the Davis Memorial Hospital Cancer Care Center. This fund, administered by the Davis Health System Foundation, assists cancer patients and their families with travel, medication and lodging expenses as well as other forms of financial relief related to the treatment of cancer.
As part of his project, Croston developed the theme and logo for the tournament promotions, secured teams and sponsors and organized the day's activities. Croston plans to hold the event annually in recognition of his grandmother.
"I'm so proud of Christopher for taking on this project," said Khristina Croston, Christopher's mother. "He is working hard to pull it together, and I have no doubt that the community will support it and it will be a great success."
The public is invited to attend.
More information about the tournament is available by calling Croston at 304-335-6307.