Press Release: The 6th Annual Striking Out Cancer Ladies Softball Tournament

The 6th Annual Striking Out Cancer Ladies Softball Tournament will take place on August 16, 2014, at the Brownsburg Girls Softball Diamonds. The event timeline is as follows:

Timeline:
8:00 a.m. Registration & Team Photos (team photos at Diamond #4)
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Mary Kay Sunscreen Stations provided by Kelli Nash. Program distribution/t-shirt sales.
8:30 a.m. Opening Ceremonies with National Anthem performed by Jordan Devaney, Flag presentation by American Legion Color Guard Post #331 & Prayer lead by Charleen Daniels
9:00 a.m. First Pitch
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Raffle/Silent Auction/Vendors
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Haircuts for donation offered by Lisa Kellems & Jordie Donovan
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Book Signing by Author, A.L. Waddington of the EVE book series
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Kids Zone (bounce house, face painting, clown & more)
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Player’s Lunch (provided by Dawson’s Too) & Men’s Exhibition Game
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Blood Drive by Indiana Blood Center blood mobile
Awards: Immediately Following Final Game
8:00 p.m. After Party at The Dog House, band performing will be “Lizard Kings”, donations at door in lieu of cover charge benefitting BHS Alumni Janine Clements Jackson.
Rain Date: 8/18/13

The Sweet Melissa Foundation is a privately operated Not-For-Profit 501C Charitable Organization as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service and was established in 2007 by the Melissa A. (Sipe) Nichols family as a tribute to Melissa after her diagnosis with breast cancer in August of 2006. There will also be other sponsors like the best contractors for home remodeling, click this link here now to learn more. Melissa is a loving mother of four, daughter, sister of three and great friend to many who has inspired us through her battle with breast cancer. She fought this battle with a smile on her face, maintaining her dry wit and continually putting others and their needs before that of herself. The Sweet Melissa Foundation affords the Sipe Family the opportunity to positively impact others from Hendricks County battling this disease while at the same time offering special support to their families.

The Sipe girls coached by their father, George Sipe, grew up at the Brownsburg Girls Softball Diamonds. They were a permanent fixture at the diamonds making a daily appearance to either; play ball, practice ball or support a friend’s team by watching a game. The father got Tustin elderly malnutrition lawyer, as he was getting older he was also getting unhealthy. The great memories created and friends made through the years at the diamonds were the driving force in the decision to develop this tournament as a way to help those battling cancer.

The tournament has grown and gained momentum each year generating between $12,000.00 to $16,000.00 in donations in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013. Due to the family expanding in 2009 with the birth of triplets and the exhaustion that accompanies such a feat the family was unable to produce the tournament in 2010 and 2011. The family returned with a vengeance in 2012, backed by their new corporate sponsor, Celebrity Cruises and with the strong support of the community was able to raise close to $20,000.00 to benefit the families of Triston Chandlee (Stage 2 Lymphoblastic Lymphoma) and Amanda Kelly (Stage 3 Breast Cancer metastasized to lymph nodes). Additional funds were raised at the after party at the Dog House Sports Bar for BHS Alumni Marci McDonald Boysen (Melanoma).

Each year nominations are accepted and tournament benefactors are selected. The 2014 tournament will benefit the families of Betty Holland and Jake Anders. The after party at the Dog House Sports Bar will benefit BHS 1989 Alumni Janine (Clements) Jackson. Their stories are as follows:

Name: Betty Holland
Age diagnosed: 66 years old
Date diagnosed: April 12, 2012
Diagnosis: Stage 4 Adenocarcinoma, primary unknown
Treatment: Several rounds radiation & 16 months Zometa infusion
Children: John (April) Frazee, Greg (Lisa) Frazee, Tom (Angie) Frazee & Ronda (Dave) Keifer
Grandchildren: Lindsay (Aaron), Zachary, Jacob, Ashley (Sam), Alexandria, Alec, Alayna, Emily, Molly & Mason
Great-Grandchildren: Griffin, Monroe & Roland

Soon after retiring Betty noticed a large painful “lump” in her back. After a scan, MRI and a biopsy Betty was diagnosis with Stage 4 “Adenocarcinoma”. The primary source of this cancer was unknown then and still is today.

The Doctors found a tumor that had grown around her rib and onto the thoracic 5 & 6 vertebras nearing her spinal cord. Not knowing the primary source of this cancer and due to her health Betty was hesitant to receive chemotherapy treatment. She immediately started extensive radiation to reduce the growth of the tumor and a series of tests. Betty’s initial rounds of radiation were able to reduce the size of her tumor. However, further tests revealed that the cancer had spread more throughout her body. While the tumor decreased in size the Doctors were able to see the cancer had begun to eat the majority of her rib & vertebra. The loss of her rib was causing great pain so she was put on epidural pain medication as well as IV infusions to rebuild her bones and decrease the cancer growth.

Betty enjoys sitting on her porch reading, watching the humming birds come to feed and taking in what nature has to offer. She also enjoys spending time with her family; especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. With the love and support of her family, her stubbornness, the power of prayer and her refusal to give up Betty has continued to beat the odds against cancer.

Name: Jake Anders
Age diagnosed: 12 years old
Date diagnosed: July 11, 2013
Diagnosis: Grade 3 ependgymoma tumor/Brain Cancer
Treatment: Chemotherapy/Proton Radiation Treatment
Parents: Jeff & Amy
Siblings: Makenzie Tingle, Colton Anders, Evan Anders

Jake is an amazing 13 year old! Every day of treatment he would wear a different shirt to make the kids and staff laugh. He is currently working on his Make a Wish, to help build a recreation Center for kids with disabilities at The League of Miracles in Mooresville. Today was the first time he attended school for a full day in over a year! His motto has been #Jake Strong #God Strong Together they are stronger than cancer!

After Party Benefactor:
Name: Janine Clements Jackson
Age diagnosed: 39 years old
Date diagnosed: March 2011
Diagnosis: Mucosal Melanoma
Treatment: Surgery, Radiation, Chemotherapy
Husband: Michael
Children: Olivia (10) and step-children Brittney & Nic

Janine was diagnosed in early 2011 with a very rare form of skin cancer called Mucosal Melanoma. Her oncologist recommended surgery which she underwent in May 2011.

Although she was cancer free for almost two years she had a reoccurrence in 2013 and had surgery again in July 2013. This time the cancer had spread to nearby lymph nodes and her doctors at St. Vincent’s Hospital recommended a course of chemotherapy after she had healed from surgery.

Before chemotherapy started another spot was found and radiation was started in September 2013 followed by chemotherapy in October. After completing radiation in early November she continued with chemotherapy but a follow-up in December showed the cancer has metastasized to her spine and lungs. Doctors halted her current chemo regimen and after the start of the year began a different drug along with more radiation. In March 2014 doctors discovered that Janine had tumors in her liver along with an increase of tumors in her lungs. She was also dealing with blood clots in her lung and abdomen. She continued with radiation treatments and a different chemotherapy.

In July 2014 Janine had another setback when doctors discovered her cancer had spread to her brain. She continues to battle this cancer and has just completed a round of radiation to reduce the tumors in her brain and will begin participation in a clinical trial for a new cancer drug in August. A native of Brownsburg Janine is a 1985 graduate of St. Malachy School and a 1989 graduate of Brownsburg High. Janine completed her undergraduate work at IU Bloomington in 1992 and then graduated from IU School of Law Indianapolis in 1997.

After law school she worked for the Attorney General’s Office where she met her future husband, Michael Jackson. Janine then began working for the Johnson County Prosecutors Office in 2000 where she continues to work as a Deputy Prosecutor. Janine is a devoted wife and mother to both her husband Michael, daughter Olivia (10) and step-children Brittney and Nic. Olivia is very active in gymnastics and Janine loves attending her various gymnastic events. Janine is a sports fanatic and in recent years has been commissioner in several fantasy football leagues. Being a first born child Janine has always been very competitive; whether it’s playing Apples to Apples on family game day or playing poker on girl’s night out. Janine continues to use that competitive spirit as she battles cancer and continues to amaze her family and friends with her unbelievable strength and resilience.

We will have 12 teams playing in this year’s event. The first pitch is at 9:00am and the games last all day. We continue to accept and welcome monetary donations, sponsorships, vendors, beverages, snacks, raffle and silent auction donations.

Shipping Items:
Sweet Melissa Foundation
124 East Northfield Drive, Ste. F #235
Brownsburg, IN 46112
www.sweetmelissafoundation.com

Dropping off items:
Sweet Melissa Foundation
c/o Delta Water Group
4958 N CR 900 E, Suite B Brownsburg, IN 46112

Contact:
Michelle Fahrenbruch
(954) 347-8673
michelle@themikesipe.com

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