By Robbie McKay Lincoln News • May 17, 2018
MILLINOCKET – When Angela Morrow found out she had breast cancer, she decided to not only fight for her own life but for others lives as well. Nine years later, her legacy continues.
The Ninth Annual Battle for a Cure Softball Tournament takes place this weekend in Millinockert. Carried on in Angela’s memory, her cousin Tiffany Stanley has organized the event year to year to ensure that funds and awareness continue to be raised for this worthy cause.
“The softball tournament started out on a whim with my cousin, Angela,” said Stanley. “The first year we raised about $1300. The past 5+ years we have averaged around $10,000 each year,” she said.
The proceeds earned from this event are given to both the EMHS Foundation to find a cure and Millinocket Regional Hospital’s Oncology department to ensure compassionate care for its patients.
“Many of our amazing MRH employees, as well as their friends and family, have volunteered their time to assist with the concession stand, bake sale and Kids 1 Mile Fun Run,” said Katie Mackin, marketing director for MRH. “Tiffany is a phenomenal supporter of MRH as well as a devoted champion for this cause; focusing on both helping patients in their fight and funding research to eliminate cancer entirely. We are so appreciative of Tiffany, her generosity, support and the many hours she puts in to making this event possible year after year, and we are proud to work alongside her at this year’s tournament,” Mackin said.
Sixteen teams have signed up for the tournament this year, and several hundred spectators are expected to take part in the weekend’s activities. Many businesses, families, and community organizations sponsor the event by offering a wide range of support from monetary donations to raffle items and ticket sales as well as time resources to ensure that the event is as successful as it has been in the past.
Although the weekend features the softball tournament, it is not the only “game” in town. Other activities planned for the weekend include a bounce house all weekend for the children; a home run derby to be held around 6 p.m. on Saturday as well as a 1 mile fun run for kids starting at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, hosted by MRH. There will be food and other items for sale; these booths and other activities take place at the airport softball field. The games are played at both the airport field as well as the Delahanty field in the Sterns recreation complex. Games begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday and at 9 a.m. on Sunday. They play through most of both Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call Tiffany at 944-4517.
About Millinocket Regional Hospital
Millinocket Regional Hospital (MRH) is a 25 bed Critical Access Hospital nestled at the base of Baxter State Park that provides vital healthcare services to those who live, work and play in the Katahdin Region. Beyond the friendly staff and award-winning patient care, MRH provides an impressive range of specialty and general services; with a recent expansion resulting in the addition of eight new specialties and a Walk-In Care facility. In 2016, MRH was recognized as the Cleanest Hospital in New England by Becker’s Hospital Review and received a five star rating on the Medicare Quality Scale. Providing jobs to approximately 250 people, MRH is the largest employer in the Katahdin Region and a crucial economic force within its community. For more information, please visit www.mrhme.org or www.facebook.com/MillinocketRegionalHospital