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Mya Strong Foundation continues raising funds for pediatric cancer with annual softball tournament

Published: Oct. 17, 2021 at 11:05 PM CDT
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MARION, Iowa (KCRG) -What started as 8 teams, has grown to 55. Over the weekend, hundreds of softball players ages 6-18 competed in the third annual Mya Strong softball tournament.

“It’s amazing seeing everybody coming here and playing, even from six hours away,” said Mya.

Combining her love for the game and goal to raise awareness for pediatric cancer, the annual tournament raises money for the Mya Strong Foundation.

“I started this foundation when I was going through this round this time,” she said referring to her chemotherapy treatment for brain cancer. Mya was diagnosed at 18 months old. “I knew that we had an organization that we just kept money in just in case, but I thought it would be very cool to make it into a foundation and give other kids the money,” she added.

The foundation has raised over $22,000 over the past two years.

“It’s just awesome to see the support,” Mya’s dad David said. “How many people come out knowing that they are supporting a good cause and reason to help pediatric cancer patients or cancer organizations.”

The tournament in a way marked a celebration for Mya who recently wrapped up chemotherapy treatments.

“I feel amazing,” she said. “I feel like completely normal from what I used to be. My chest used hurt all the time because of my clot and I’m super excited to have that out.”

Mya was was even able to get back out on the field and play again, but her goal has always been about helping others. Through the foundation, she was able to present a $500 check to a little girl named Ainsley battling leukemia.

“Even if they can take that and go spend the night in a hotel or go to a waterpark, go do something fun as a family that means the world to these families, said David. “When we were going through it, one day from the hospital to do whatever we wanted to was just wonderful.”

That’s always been Mya’s mission; helping others going through an all too familiar battle.

“It’s incredible. I couldn’t have ever imagined this happening and knowing that it’s happening now, is just amazing. It feels so good to give back to other people,” said Mya.

“We are so blessed, she is a gift for us,” Mya’s mom Brooke said. “We are lucky we were chosen to be her parents. She’s just an amazing kid that doesn’t give up on anything and is always looking for other ways to make people smile.”

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