Teams are being sought to help knock cancer out of the park at the second annual Heather Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation's softball tournament Saturday, April 15 at Kelly Fields.

Teams are being sought to help knock cancer out of the park at the second annual Heather Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation's softball tournament Saturday, April 15 at Kelly Fields.
"Our goal is to have fun and raise money for a great cause," said Hempstead Relay for Life Spokesperson Jessie Lewis. "Together we can knock cancer out of the ballpark"
Six teams participated in last years' tournament and raised approximately $2,600.
Organizers hope to double funds raised and the number of teams this year.
"There was a favorable response to last year’s tournament," Lewis said. "Everyone wanted to come be part of this community event to have fun and raise money to knock cancer out of the park."
Lewis praised local businesses who sponsored the event.
"Raising funds for cancer research is a big part of why we relay, but we also relay to celebrate those who have survived cancer, remember those who we have lost to cancer, and fight back against cancer," she said. "The more events we can have before the night of relay, helps bring awareness to Relay for Life and educate the public about the free resources that the American Cancer Society provides to cancer patients and their families."
An overall Relay For Life goal has been set at $65,000.
"In order to raise that amount of money, we need teams to have fundraisers that will involve our community," Lewis said. "The Heather Manor group is wonderful about donating their personal time to help raise money for their team."
Last year, team captains Cheryl Pollins and Teri Coffee arranged the softball tournament, a dunking booth and sold refreshments during the tournament.
New Millennium Building Systems won last year's tournament and team member Alex Burton said she had blast is looking forward to participating again this year.
"Everyone in the area is very competitive and there are some aggressive softball players that are in serious tournaments every year" Burton said. "Knowing this, I was a little reserved about signing up, but since it’s just for fun & for a great cause, I said, why not."
New Millennium Building Systems plans on having at least one team in this year's tournament.
"If as many people that said they would’ve played last year, wants in this year, then we could probably put in five teams," Burton said. "Fundraisers like the softball tournament are fun, and they bring in crowds. All the teams were so supportive of their players, and watching the camaraderie really brings a community together. Events in the name of American Cancer Society bring people together in more ways than one."
All proceeds raised from this event will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
The cost per team is $200. Checks should be made payable to American Cancer Society and mailed to Heather Manor P.O. Box 2002, Hope Ark. 718202 Attn: Cheryl Pollins.
Registration deadline is April 1.
Registration information should include team, contact name, phone number, payment amount enclosed, she said.