Cancer can have devastating effects on men, women and families, so it's appropriate that all of those folks are invited to help battle its impact.
The Jack and Jill Softball Tournament starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Huttonsville Little League Field.
The co-ed event includes teams of five male and five female players, facing off in a slow-pitch softball game. It's a double-elimination, round-robin format, open to anyone 15 years and older.
Danielle Johnson takes over organizational duties from Chris Croston this year, with his mother, Khristina, also helping out. Danielle is a senior softball player at Tygarts Valley High School who has a very special reason to take on such a large task.
"My grandfather died of cancer when I was little," Danielle said. "This is something I can do to help."
Danielle, a catcher for the Lady Bulldogs, knows a thing or two about softball, too. A number of the school's softball players will participate in the tournament, along with some Tygarts Valley baseball players. The event is part of Danielle's senior project.
Anyone is welcome to register a team. The entry fee is $125 per team.
Last year's event had five teams and combined with other associated activities such as carnival games and food raised several thousand dollars. Danielle hopes to at least match and hopefully surpass those figures this year.
This year, those who attend can purchase a cold cut sub meal for $5. There will also be cotton candy and a bounce house for kids, weather permitting.
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.
"Every penny counts," Danielle noted.
For more information or to register, call Danielle at 304-335-6479 or 304-642-2470.