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Annual Roxbury PBA Wiffle Ball Tourney to Help 7-Year-Old Fight Cancer

Hayden Marshall Credits: Brian Feeney
Hayden Marshall Credits: Brian Feeney

ROXBURY, NJ - People who think they can hit a wiffle ball, and even those who can’t, are being sought by Roxbury police to sign up for this year’s version of the annual wiffle ball tournament, an event that will raise money to help a 7-year-old boy’s fight against cancer.

It will cost $125 per team - with a team being three or four players - to compete in the July 15 tournament, taking place at the Horseshoe Lake Park baseball field in Succasunna. The organizer of the event, Roxbury Police Patrolman Brian Feeney, said the registration deadline is July 12.

All money raised at the tournament will go to Hayden Marshall, a “sweet, athletic, playful and loving” youngster from Andover Township who has metastatic Ewing's sarcoma, said Feeney.

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He said Roxbury PBA 311, the tournament sponsor, learned about Hayden from Dustin Collier, a physical therapist at Andover Mohawk Physical Therapy, who works with injured Roxbury police. “He is close family friend with the Marshalls and knew we were looking for a recipient this year,” Feeney said.

According to Feeney, Marshall’s treatment began in late February, a 15-month-long process that includes chemotherapy, radiation of his lungs and amputation of a toe. The treatment is taking place at Hackensack Meridian Hospital and sometimes requires the boy to stay for a week at the hospital, Feeney said.

“In between treatments, he gets transfusions of red blood cells and/or platelets to help keep him healthy,” he said in a letter to prospective tournament players that also described Marshall as a kid with a “beautiful smile” that can “light up a room.”

This will be the 12 Roxbury PBA 311 COPS CARE wiffle ball tournament. Each year, the event raises $7,000 to $10,000 for a child in need. Feeney said $145,951 has been raised and donated since the tournaments began.

There will be separate fields for adult play and for kids. Play starts at 9 a.m. and the tournament is of the double-elimination structure.

“It’s a fun day for a great cause,” Feeney said.

To download and print a copy of the registration form, click here.


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