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8/21/2013 6:00:00 AM
Softball tournament to benefit local cancer patient
Valley Beverage owner Gary Doyle (pictured, left) and Richard “Blade” Phipps (right) show their support for Angela Story-Griffin (middle) by sponsoring the Batting for Boobies Co-ed Softball Tournament being held Sept. 14-15 to raise money to help in Story-Griffin’s battle with breast cancer.
Valley Beverage owner Gary Doyle (pictured, left) and Richard “Blade” Phipps (right) show their support for Angela Story-Griffin (middle) by sponsoring the Batting for Boobies Co-ed Softball Tournament being held Sept. 14-15 to raise money to help in Story-Griffin’s battle with breast cancer.

Jaclyn Randall
Associate Editor


BLYTHE - The community has rallied together again to help one of its own, this time the help comes in the form of a softball tournament - Batting For Boobies Co-ed Softball Tournament - planned for Sept. 14 -15 to be played at Blade Field (Miller Park) and Alexander Field (Todd Park). The guest of honor is Angela Story-Griffin.

Earlier this year, Story-Griffin discovered a lump in her breast during a self-examination. She immediately set up an appointment with a doctor receiving a diagnosis of Stage II aggressive breast cancer. Since then Story-Griffin has seen oncologists, had PET scans, MRIs performed, and tons of lab work. She began chemotherapy on May 15 and she is currently on her fifth out of 12 planned treatments. After her treatments are complete and once her immune system is built back up, she will have a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction surgery followed by radiation for seven weeks for five days a week.

In the midst of all of this, Story-Griffin has remained strong for her three daughters and husband, Adam. She credits her strength to the support of the community that has come together to support her while she battles this disease.

"The support is awesome," said Story-Griffin. "This town is great. I have received so many private messages with personal stories about people's own battles. It is all so incredible."

Story-Griffin has good days and bad days. She also says the first round of chemotherapy was the hardest.

"I lost all my hair after 16 days. It was all gone," said Story-Griffin. "I did better than what the doctor told me. He told me it was going to be gone within 14 days. I outlasted what he said by two days."

It is that competitive spirit that pushed Story-Griffin to organize, arrange, and host a co-ed softball tournament. With the help of Richard "Blade" Phipps and major sponsor Gary Doyle from Valley Beverage (Budweiser and Monster), the two-day event already has 16 teams signed up to play. So far, there are teams coming from as far away as Las Vegas and Victorville in addition to all the favorite local teams.

The tournament will be played at Miller and Todd Parks on Saturday with plans to play on Sunday at Todd Park. Prizes will be given to the top three teams standing at the end of the tournament. There will also be concession stands, t-shirts, beverages, Team Angela bracelets, and more on sale throughout the day. All the proceeds from the tournament will go to Story-Griffin to help offset the costs of her travel, lodging, and any out-of-pocket expenses that she incurs while she battles breast cancer.

Bring your competitive spirit and support Story-Griffin by putting together a team of five women and five men (must be at least 16 years old to play), $200 entry fee, and a team name, no later than Sept. 6. Call Story-Griffin at 760-550-8295 to register your team for the Batting For Boobies or to show your support for Team Angela as she fights cancer.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013
Article comment by: Steve Callan

In 1977, at the age of 29, I was fighting for my life with a serious form of cancer. I was living in Parker, Az., at the time. My medical expenses far exceeded what my insurance paid. I will never forget what Richard "Blade" Phipps did for me. Just like what he is doing for Angela, Rich organized a softball tournament to raise money for my medical expenses. To this day, I have not forgotten his wonderful gesture. What a great guy!

Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013
Article comment by: just me

Great pic....God bless all of you,,,This fund raiser proves there are others in this town that are also big donators ...Blade you are awesome I don't know Mr. Doyle but I can see he is as well, a man with a good heart,,,Angela you got this cancer whipped You are in my prayers day in and day out ...And you know we have a awesome God....

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Article comment by: francie robertson

I don't know you Angela, but I wanted to tell you good luck, God bless and fight like a girl!

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
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