Softball to raise money for sick children

HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – Softball for Small Fries is a non-profit western Massachusetts group that raises money to help families pay the medical bills for their ailing children.

The young Men’s Club of Hadley provided their softball field and organizers with the help of supporters did the rest.

Kelly O’Donnell began these fundraisers four years ago when her niece, Claire, was undergoing treatment. She told 22News, “We were looking for something unique to do to raise money to get the community to come out here for some fun. We all love to eat and to compete, so this softball tournament has something we decided we wanted to do.”

This year Softball for Small Fries is helping defray the costs of helping three year old Indira Wiles of Turners Falls get well. The child is currently undergoing chemotherapy at Baystate medical center’s D’Amour Cancer Center in Springfield.

“We just found out in March that Indira has ALLD cell Leukemia. I work with Sara Palmisano, who helped out with the event, and they were looking for someone to sponsor the event. She found out about Indira and the rest is history,” said Frank Wiles.

Dozens of supporters came from all over western Massachusetts to do what they can to help the Franklin County family deal with their current crisis..

Molly Fenton of Belchertown told 22News, “It’s important, you know? Health funds are always hard. Not to mention the emotional challenge so it’s nice to be there cheering her on and hope she’s having a good time.”

They’re all rooting for the little girl from Turners Falls and her family. Between the silent auction, their raffle and the overall donations, supporters hope there will be enough money to ease the family’s financial burden during Indira’s recovery.

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