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Baseball tournament raises money for Komen Colorado

‘Bats for a Cure’ sets goal of $25,000 to support breast health care, education

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More than 225 baseball teams decked out in pink will converge on Clapper Field to support Komen Colorado.

Thunder Baseball League presents its seventh annual CABA Colorado baseball tournament June 1-3 to raise money for local breast health care and education supported by Komen Colorado.

The tournament raised more than $100,000 in its first six years; this year’s goal is $25,000, Thunder Baseball Executive Director Shawn Williamson said in a news release.

The annual event is inspired by Williamson’s wife, Lynne, a breast cancer survivor. Family and friends played a significant role in caring for the couple’s three young boys while Lynne went through treatment, he said.

“We wanted to give back,” Williamson said in the release. “While there are many great causes, Komen was in the forefront. We had participated in Race for the Cure many times and believed Komen Colorado was a good fit.”

Williamson decided to use the baseball tournament as a way to educate the community about breast cancer and help others receive life-saving screening and treatment.

Komen Colorado CEO Dianne Primavera will attend the June 1 opening ceremony.

Because Komen Colorado does not receive government funding. events such as Bats for a Cure help support local programs and national research, Primavera said in the release.

“It’s the generosity of our extraordinary donors that enable us to meet the breast health care needs of hundreds of Coloradoans each year,” Primavera said in the release. “This event is critical for us to be able to help reduce their risk of dying from breast cancer.”

Seventy-five percent of money raised remains in Colorado to provide mammograms, diagnostic testing, and treatment for people who have no other means to receive these services. The remaining dollars assist national research efforts to ensure fewer women are at risk from breast cancer in the future.

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