Thursday, June 3, 2010

Local Sports Association to Help Cole!

I am still in shock....and giddy!

Every year our local sports association, EASI, holds a baseball tournament in honor of baseball player Greg Biagini that passed away October 3, 2003 from kidney cancer. EASI always asks for recommendations from others if they know of any family that could use the assistance of this benefit.
As you may, or may not know, WE are one of those families. This is a subject we honestly try not to dwell on or to bring to the light of others. We do NOT like to ask for help! God has humbled us and we have had to learn to put our pride away and ask for a little help from time to time when he sent Cole to us. This happened to be one of those times. So, my sweet husband, sent the following email to the sweet lady that requested the recommendations.

In case you are still looking for families that may need some assistance, I may have one that you haven't thought of. Here is a chance to help one of your own. This family just happens to be my own. Over the last three years we have learned a lot about what it is like to have children with disabilities. As you know, my youngest son, Cole, has Cerebral Palsy. It has been a challenge for us to keep up with his necessities, both in therapy and medical needs. He takes four different medications and with all of his medical equipment (walker, feeding chair, manual wheelchair, and power chair coming later this year) and sending him to Special Care, a school to help integrate the disabled with the typical child, as you can imagine the cost is astronomical. We have survived by asking for donations but most of these have dried up because of the economy. Even with insurance helping, we are finding that keeping up is a very daunting task. We have also learned that you don't get if you don't ask, so, with that being said, if you are still looking, we would like for you to consider our family.

Thanks for all you do!!!!


Joe and Leanna Keathley

We have been blessed!
There are no words eloquent enough to express our gratitude to Terri, EASI and/or to all the awesome volunteers that help keep this benefit tournament going every year....and for choosing US for this year!
This all could not have come at a better time for us! With the economy being like it is right now, we were trying to figure out a way to be able to continue sending Cole to Special Care as we are unable to pay his tuition along with other things Joe mentioned.
Here is the email that EASI sent out about the tournament! If you are in the area and want to come meet us, we would love to see you!

We will holding the Biagini Benefit tournament on June 5-6! This is a great tournament for the kids as there will be a homerun hitting and baserunning contest, cookout, auction and great tournament t-shirts, along with a 3 game guarantee! This year we will be helping a family in our league who's child has cerebral palsy...this is an opportunity to play in a great tournament along with helping a family that has participating in our league for some time. To sign-up, please click here and fill out the registration form. We are offering a 50% coupon (see below) to our league teams towards the registration fee for this tournament, so please come join the fun and help one of our own. This tournament is also worth DOUBLE USSSA points also!
We are also offering a contest between now and June 5 - the team that raises the most money to donate to the benefit will get to enjoy a team pizza party to be used at a date and time determined by the team! The contest is open to all teams, whether you are able to participate in the tournament or not!

We are also looking for any auction items that you, your company or a family on your team could donate! The amount raised for the auction will be included in the contest to see who raises the most money. If you can donate anything, please contact Terri at 340-5300!