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“Playing for Penelope” steps up to bat to help little girl with cancer


A softball tournament in Wheeling on Saturday had players stepping up to bat to help a little girl fighting cancer. 

“Playing for Penelope” raised money for the family of two-year-old Penelope Byler, who is being treated for a rare form of childhood cancer called Sarcoma. 

Six teams played in the tournament and many more people donated through a Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle and concessions. 

“People from all over our area, lots of people we know and lots of people we don’t even know came out on this beautiful day to come and honor her and raise some funds for her,” said Penelope’s aunt Kayla Taggart. 

All of the money raised  will help Penelope’s family with travel costs and other expenses while she undergoes 42 weeks of chemotherapy and additional treatments at UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.

“We are extremely honored to have everybody be a part of this that wanted to be a part of this,” added Penelope’s’ aunt Keirstyn Kidder. “We just wanted to say thank you to everybody that participated.”

The family also wanted to thank all of the sponsors, including Gulla’s Lunch in Bellaire who provided the supplies for hot dogs. 

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