On May 18, the Magnificat varsity and junior varsity softball teams sponsored a Strike Out Cancer day with Eastlake North and Chardon high schools. The varsity teams each played two games, and each team finished with a 1-1 record. The games were part of the day, but the effort to raise money for two cancer-stricken families was the highlight.
The softball team put together baskets and gathered silent auction items. The baskets were Pretty in Pink, Go Tribe, Pot of Gold Lottery Tickets, Bundle of Joy (baby items), Coffee Basket and Pamper Yourself (spa package). The silent auction items included a month’s membership to Crossfit Training, Cleveland Indians loge tickets, a Sweetbriar golf package and a charcoal grill. Blue Streaks head coach Kasey Reis pitched for the home run hitting contest and Karen Blesse, Gail Petras and her parents manned the grill, cooking up hamburgers and hot dogs for players and fans.
At the end of the day, the event made $1,688 for Dominque Reyes and the Burzanko family.
Reyes was 5 when diagnosed with neuroblastoma in October 2008. Reyes was in the fourth stage of this childhood cancer at diagnosis. There is no cure for this disease. She lost her fight in March 2013. Brigid Burzanko, mother of sophomore varsity player Julie and former softball player Lauren (’09), is battling breast cancer. The Burzanko family and Reyes’ mother and two sisters all attended the event.
Photo and article courtesy of Magnificat High School