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Softball Tournament By VA Medical Center Supports Veterans With Cancer

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Saturday was a great day to get outside and play some softball, and it was all for a good cause.

Teams from different organizations, including 12 News, came together with the Louis A Johnson VA Medical Center to play ball and raise money.

"The VA employees that work at the VA Medical Center put together teams of friends and family to play softball with us today, and eat good food all in honor of the Heroes of Hope Program that the employees have started,” said Reney Cook, with the VA Medical Center.

Heroes of Hope is a program that supports cancer surviving veterans.

"They've come home from the war and now they are fighting another battle, the battle against cancer. We work closely with the Heroes of Hope committee to raise money to help with to help with a big event they host every year,” Cook said.

The Heroes of Hope Celebration of Life dinner is held in September, and the funds raised at the tournament go towards that dinner.

"They invite all the friends and family of the survivors to attend and this softball tournament is to help raise funds for the event. Cancer can bring so much pain and so much fear into families with people who are going through the struggle that they are going through,” said Cook. “We want to recognize those that have survived, who have beat that battle with cancer. But not only the ones who have beat it but the ones who are still struggling and fighting it. Those veterans get the opportunity to know that there are so many people out there backing them,” Cook said.

The tournament on Saturday raised $650 all together.

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