The Rummages won the fourth Rick Bracey 29-er Softball Tournament.

The Rummages won the fourth Rick Bracey 29-er Softball Tournament.

Crescent Beach ball tourney honours friend

Softball tournament raises money for VHL syndrome

Soggy weather did little to dampen spirits at a recent softball tournament held in honour of a Crescent Beach resident.

The Scotiabank fourth annual Rick Bracey 29-er Softball Tournament raised $31,000 to help families and doctors dealing with von Hippel-Landau (VHL) syndrome.

The funds bring the four-year total to $101,000 – just over the $100,000 organizers were shooting for.

“It was a huge success,” Jason Brooks told Peace Arch News.

Bracey succumbed to VHL in the summer of 2010, after a nine-year battle with the rare genetic disorder. It causes abnormal growth of blood vessels, which knot into tumours, some of which are cancerous.

This year’s tournament was held June 14 at Softball City in South Surrey.

More than 100 players donned jerseys bearing Bracey’s number 29. He was an avid fan of the game.

 

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