MARATHON, Wis. (WSAW)- A best friend and two brothers hosted the first ever “Knock MS Out of the Park” Softball tournament in Marathon City Sunday.
The tournament raised money for the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Co-Organizers Larry Buchberger and Terry Witerberler were very happy with the turnout. Eight different teams competed and they had a chicken dinner and polka band for spectators to enjoy.
David Buchberger grew up with 11 siblings. He was always active in sports and spent over a decade of his adult life playing softball.
"Obviously that's one of the biggest things I miss is getting up and play sports again,” David Buchberger said.
On Sunday, he was there to cheer on his brother Larry and to educate people about Multiple Sclerosis, a condition he’s lived with for 12 years.
"One day you can wake up and feel great, the next day you can just feel horrible," David Buchberger said.
While David cheers for Larry and his best friend Terry on the sidelines, Larry and Terry have been cheering on David as he fights MS.
"Terry and I thought okay, let's just do this and Terry did a great job and organizing the sponsors, I mean we have too many to mention,” Larry Buchberger said.
It’s a fundraiser that incorporates all they love about Wisconsin and other types of entertainment besides softball including beer, a chicken dinner and polka music.
For all three men, it’s important that the money they raise goes to help other Wisconsinites.
"All the money goes to research, so if it doesn't help me one day, hopefully it will help someone else down the road,” David Buchberger said.
They were impressed with the inaugural event and are planning to do it again next year.