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Putnam County eighth-grader Paige Veronda (center) smiles as her dad, Doug, enters the field at McNabb to make the first pitch of a breast cancer fundraiser game Monday between the Putnam County and Fieldcrest junior high teams. Veronda’s mother, Pam, died from cancer a little more than two years ago. NewsTribune photos/Craig Sterrett
MCNABB — Putnam County and Fieldcrest junior high softball players purchased and wore pink T-shirts rather than their usual colors Monday, as sales of the shirts helped raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Putnam County junior high coach Chris Walker turned the softball contest at McNabb into a fundraising game in memory of Pam Veronda, who died a little more than two years ago from cancer and whose daughter, Paige, is the catcher on the junior high team.
Walker and organizers acquired T-shirts and other pink attire for the players from Fieldcrest and Putnam County both to purchase, with proceeds from shirt sales and other donations by families, players and spectators to benefit Susan G. Komen Foundation.
The umps even donned pink instead of dark blue.
“It’s just specifically for this game,” Walkers said of the attire.
He said when the game ended, all the players would be asked to sign a pink batting helmet and give it to Paige.
Walker acquired six pink batting helmets for the Putnam County girls just for the one game, which the Lady Pumas rallied to win 4-3.
Assistant coach Lynette Olson said Walker had done the same thing, only in orange, for childhood leukemia, in 2010.
“He does so much for softball and so much of it comes from his own time and his own money,” Olson said just before the first Fieldcrest hitter came up to bat.
“It is amazing,” said Elaine Ernat said of Walker’s efforts.
She is mother of the late Pam Veronda and grandmother of the catcher, Paige Veronda.
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
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