• Fastpitch Cares to present $25,000 check to Doernbecher

    Softball Community Joins Knight Cancer Challenge

    Portland, OR – April 29, 2015–  Fastpitch Cares, a local non-profit made up of members of the the softball community, will present a check to physicians at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital on Thursday, April 30 at 9:00 am.  Sue Oran, the charity’s founder, hopes to inspire other sports communities throughout Oregon and Washington to join the effort to meet the goal of the Knight Cancer Challenge.

    The Knight Cancer Challenge was launched last year when Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife, Penny, pledged to donate $500 million for cancer research if OHSU raised an equal amount in two years.

    Among those attending the presentation Thursday morning will be the two young players who served as the catalyst for the organization’s work.  In 2012, two softball players from Tigard, Bailey Marshall and Vanessa Brown, were hospitalized with severe cases of E. Coli requiring the girls to spend weeks in the ICU.  During the girls’ stay at Doerbecher, the softball community rallied support, sending packages, cards, plastering their helmets with stickers to show their support and love for their fellow softball players.

    Check Presentation to Dr. Stork and Dr. Chang

    Check Presentation to Dr. Stork and Dr. Chang

    Sue Oran, the owner of Strictly Softball, has worked with Bailey, Vanessa and many other young players.  She saw, firsthand, the outpouring of support from the players and their families throughout the softball community.

    When the girls were released from the hospital. Sue and a committee of volunteers created Fastpitch Cares (FPC) to raise money to help other children fighting life-threatening illness at Doernbecher. The first Fastpitch Cares softball tournament in 2012 was a tremendous success, and set the stage for a continued tradition of giving and community service.

    The second FPC tournament raised $25,000, and the donation will do directly to Doernbecher as part of the the Knight Cancer Challenge.   The funds will be used to purchase a Nanodrop 8000, a piece of research equipment used in to identify genetic mutations in cancer patients at Doernbecher.

    The 2015 FPC Softball Tournament will take place on September 12 and 13 at Hillsboro Stadium.  For more information about Fastpitch Cares, contact Sue Oran at fastpitchcares@gmail.com, or (503) 702-2421.

    MEDIA CONTACT: Rachael Mortensen (503) 550-9463, themortensens@comcast.net

    OHSU/Doernbecher MEDIA CONTACT: Tracy Brawley, 503-494-7009, brawley@ohsu.edu

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