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Softball tournament to raise money for local cancer patient

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MARION -- Slow-pitch softball is a summer tradition for many as a way to enjoy time with friends and family on the ball field. A tournament this weekend aims to raise money to help an area woman who has recently been diagnosed with cancer.

Gwen Ellison was diagnosed with breast cancer in January of this year. AS her medical bills began to add up, family and friends rallied together to form a 2 day charity softball tournament to help cut down on those costs.

"Well we're going to have these two day tournaments, which is on Saturday and Sunday. And also we will have silent auctions, bake sales, also will have raffles to raise more money. And if we have time, we'll try to have a home run derby and stuff too so we can add more money," said Scott Ellison, tournament organizer and stepson to Gwen.

Scott has been playing softball for several years. Gwen's Hope Tournament is set for a two-day tournament, consisting of both men's and coed competition. Funds for the tournament will be collected from thew $200 registration fee, along with other activities going on throughout the tournament. Ellison hopes through Gwen's Hope tournament, to raise $5000 to go towards the costs of Gwen's chemotherapy.

"I think, you know, because with cancer, it's very expensive, especially nowadays with money and stuff. So I think it's a good cause to come out, it's a family organization, and just have fun and raise money for a good cause," said Ellison.

Gwen's Hope Tournament here at Pyramid Park is set to begin with the men's tournament Saturday morning, followed by the co-ed tournament on Sunday. Now you can register a team for the tournament at Pyramid Park the day of the tournament, or register beforehand online, on the event's Facebook page.

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