MILLINOCKET, Maine — Tiffany Stanley is a bookkeeper at her husband’s garage and a part-time medical administration instructor who never imagined she would be organizing a softball tournament or sleeping overnight at a high school track.
That changed when her friend Angela Morrow was diagnosed with cancer five years ago, Stanley said.
“It’s hard to watch her do what she does, but for everything she does, she keeps fighting,” Stanley said. “She never gives up.”
That’s why Stanley and other residents have organized the third annual Battle for a Cure softball tournament this weekend, which serves as a warm-up for the Katahdin region Relay for Life on June 15, she said. Both events raise money for cancer research.
“This is kind of what I do to show my support for my friends and others that are fighting cancer,” Stanley said. “I have a friend I graduated Stearns [High School] with who was diagnosed with cancer over a year ago. Things like this [the tournament and relay] might not be a cure, but it helps keep them fighting.”
The tournament will be held starting at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the softball field at Stearns, the same location as the relay, and at the softball field near Millinocket Regional Airport. The public is invited to both events, Stanley said.
Fourteen teams will play in the tournament and several hundred are expected at the relay, an overnight event at the track in which people honor those who have fought and won the battle against cancer, and those who have lost.
The tournament has three new sponsors — Brookfield U.S. Foundation,
Northeast Technical Institute and the Maine State Troopers Foundation — who have already helped the event surpass the $2,200 it raised last year, Stanley said.
“So this is looking to be a $5,000 to $6,000 year, which is a huge advancement,” she said.