Softball opening ceremony provides funds and happiness for beneficiary

August 10, 2012 by  

The opening ceremony of this year’s Cranberry CUP, a softball tournament, was held on August 4 and offered a touching moment for the family of eight-year-old cancer victim Cheyannia Marberger. Cheyannia was named the beneficiary of this year’s competition.

In December 2011, the family received devastating news. The outspoken and vivacious girl was diagnosed with a rare and inoperable type of brain tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. The tumor affects up to 200 children each year and, despite 30 years of research, the medical community has made litter progress in terms of treatment.

The family has received considerable support from Communities Uniting People (CUP). The non-profit organization holds a yearly softball tournament to raise funds for the beneficiary family and other projects. During the opening ceremony, Cheyannia was crowned with a tiara by Miss Pittsburgh. Cheyannia was also given a sash that read “Miss Cranberry CUP 2012” and had the chance to ride into the ceremony on a fire truck.

Cheyannia’s mother, Deb Plaisted, was set to give a speech during the ceremony but seeing her daughter crowned and happy made her choke up to the extent that she was unable to speak. Plaisted plans on taking her daughter to a clinic in Texas with the funds raised by the softball tournament. The clinic performs an experimental procedure that can slow the tumor’s growth.

To increase the funds raised during the tournament, Cranberry Township businesses and organizations may have made use of flyer printing. The could advertise the date and times of the games and encourage people to get involved.