WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Each year, people from across the state come to the Fenway Park of Western Massachusetts to play ball for a great cause.
“So now I’ve just did six weeks of radiation and chemo and now I’m still doing chemo one week a month. MRIs every couple months,” said Matt Moore. He is a Marine veteran and police officer in Hampstead, New Hampshire, but his most important job is dad, to two young daughters, 5-year-old Brynn and 1-year-old McKenna. The 37-year-old found out last fall he has stage three brain cancer. Since then, he said he’s seen what’s really important in life, and how compassionate people, like Massachusetts State Trooper Chris Dolan, can be.
Trooper Dolan transformed his backyard into what he calls Fenway Westfield, a quarter-size replica of Fenway Park in Boston. He created the field to host charity games, like the Jeremiah Hurley, Junior Wiffle Ball Tournament. Officer Hurley was a Boston police officer killed in the line of duty, and he was Trooper Dolan’s uncle.
This year, money raised from the tournament will benefit Officer Moore and his family.
“I was floored. Because we’re so far away from you guys. I couldn’t really speak. I was just amazed by what Chris wanted to do for me,” said Officer Moore.
For the past seven years, teams from across the state as well as police officers have all played ball to raise money for a specific cause, but it’s all to honor the names of the officers who have been killed in the line of duty. In Dolan’s yard is a large banner with all of those names listed. There was a special sign as well for Westfield police officer Jose Torres who died in the line of duty.
Trooper Dolan said this is a way to get people together to have fun for a cause dear to his heart. “We got a team here from Holyoke playing a team from back in Foxboro. These kids, they don’t run into each other except once a year and that’s at this event. It’s great for them to come around and do something that goes beyond themselves,” he said.
Friday night, Westfield police officers played, and beat, the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office team. Everyone has fun, knowing they’re helping.
“My uncle pays for the team for us, they were really happy, they like it, we come here every year,” said pitcher Alex Taupier of Holyoke team, “The Wing.”
They hoped this year to raise more than $8,000 dollars for the cause, and for the Moore family.
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