Players from across Central Wisconsin came together to fight against a bigger cause than rivalry, they worked together Saturday to raise money for breast cancer research and help a fellow softball player battling the disease herself.
For the past four years, the Marshfield Softball Association has held an annual women's softball tournament to raise money for the Marshfield Clinic for breast cancer research. They are raising part of the money this time for 42-year-old Renee "Sceeter" Treankler. She's a lifelong softball player who was diagnosed with breast cancer in May and has gone through three surgeries.
"It's such a big turnout. So many gracious people, so many happy people. Really, it's a happy occasion because you have so many survivors of it, you have a lot of them going through it, but it's nice to see such big support," says Bev Treankler, mother of Renee "Sceeter" Treankler.
That's why this softball tourney is raising money by selling raffle tickets for prizes that include an autographed football donated by the Green Bay Packers. Organizers tell me each year the event gets bigger and bigger, with players this year coming from as far as Appleton and Eau Claire.
Over a hundred people attended this year's event, and raised about $4,000. Many say it's a fun way to raise money for breast cancer and also raise awareness of the disease for women in the community.
If you would like to make a donation to the Marshfield Softball Association for the 4th Annual Women's Softball Tournament For Breast Cancer Research, call 715-384-4527 for more information.
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