ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury Police Patrolman Brian Feeney enjoys organizing the Roxbury PBA Wiffleball Tournament, an annual event that raises money for sick children. This year’s installment, the 14th, takes place July 13 at Horseshoe Lake Park in Succasunna.
But you know what Feeney would really enjoy? Being able to plan a wiffleball tournament just for fun, not for charity.
“Hopefully, someday we won’t ever have to do this again,” said Feeney. Hopefully, one year won’t have anybody who needs help.”
Feeney can dream, but he knows his dream is unlikely to come true. “Unfortunately, there always seem to be people in need,” he said. “I like to keep this going as long as I can to help offset these families with their battles.”
Proceeds from this year’s tournament will go to Madeline Holloway, a Port Murray 12-year-old who is being treated for osteosarcoma - a tumor on her pelvis - and will need a year of chemotherapy, surgery and, possibly, a partial pelvis transplant, according to the charitable group Steps Together.
“The tumor is large and wrapped around the left side of her pelvis,” says Steps Together. “This has caused her an immense amount of pain and she has been confined to a recliner and must be transported via wheelchair.”
Feeney said he learned about Holloway from “somebody in Roxbury” who knew he, as always, was looking for a “very worthwhile” wiffleball tournament funds recipient.
"The family is wonderful," Feeney said. "And she's a great kid. She'll do anything for anybody. She's very fam ily oriented. She always has a smile. She always says hello to everybody."
An online GoFundMe site for Holloway has raised almost $31,700.
The tournament usually raises about $10,000. In the past 13 years, it has raised $164,599.
“The PBA and the police department make no money off of this,” Feeney said.
It costs $125 per team to play in the tournament and there must be at least three players on a team, with a maximum of four.
Feeney said the final day for teams to register is July 10.
So far, about 25 teams have registered. “We’re right on pace to be right where we normally are; 30 to 40 teams,” said the patrolman.
Those interested in registering can contact Feeney at 973-448-2098 and email@example.com.
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