Softball tournament raises $6,000 for childhood cancer

Lindsey Bridges

Lindsey Bridges, a teacher at Lyon County Elementary School, organized an Oct. 24 softball tournament to raise funds for Book for Hope, which helps families that have children with cancer.

Among those families who have benefited from this nonprofit organization is the family of the late Owen Matthews of Eddyville, who passed on Wednesday at the age of 11 after battling pediatric rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer that forms in soft tissue, specifically skeletal muscle and hollow organs.

Eight teams turned out for the tournament at Princeton’s City-County Park and played through the bracket despite less-than-comfortable weather conditions. The team Pitch Slap won the double-elimination tourney.

“We raised about $6,000,” Bridges said. “That was with the tournament and T-shirt sales that went on for about three weeks prior to the tournament.”

Bridges said that a silent auction also held at the tournament raised $1,200.

“All of the proceeds are going toward Book for Hope, which is a nonprofit out of Paducah,” she said. “They pay monthly bills for families who have a child taking cancer treatments in southern Illinois and western Kentucky.”

Bridges will become a Book for Hope board member in January, but still plans to do fundraisers in 2021.

“Nothing is in the works right now,” she said.

Donations to Book for Hope can be made in two ways. Online donations are accepted though the Book for Hope Facebook page or checks can be made out to Book for Hope. Those wanting to send a check should call Bridges at 270-625-3969 for an address to send it to.

Book for Hope is a 401©(3) organization, meaning that donations of $250 or more are tax-deductible.