Clements Cuties Hosts 10th Annual Softball Game for Local Kids Battling Cancer

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LEONARDTOWN, Md. — Clements Cuties hosted its annual Women’s All-Stars Softball Game of Over 30 to raise money for five local kids battling childhood cancer this past weekend.

They organized the game to galvanize the community of St. Mary’s to help offset the financial burden faced by the families of these children.

“One thing about St. Mary’s County is that it takes care of itself and theirs,” Ricky Ryce, the program director, told TheBayNet.com. “In many cases, a parent has to miss work because of all the trips they have to make to and from hospitals. It really puts a financial burden on them.

Clements Cuties Hosts 10th Annual Softball Game for Local Kids Battling Cancer

But here are the five kids the game is aimed at:

willow dexter is a 6-year-old girl who was diagnosed with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the age of 5. Despite taking daily medication, having her hole punctured and receiving chemotherapy, Willow loves to play outside with her friends.

Daniel Hammer is a 6-year-old diagnosed with kidney blastoma in June 2021. He has undergone intense chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and he will be on oral chemotherapy for another two years. Daniel enjoys playing football with his three brothers, playing t-ball, cycling and going to the playground.

Myla Ashton is a 10-year-old girl diagnosed with B-cell lymphoblastic leukemia in May 2018, and her 17-year-old sister Haley received the same diagnosis in February 2022.

Myla is in 5th grade at Duke Elementary School and enjoys being in clubs. Haley is a senior at Leonardtown High School, and she is a co-captain of the dance team and a member of other clubs.

Lakelyn Draheim is a 4-year-old girl diagnosed with stage 4 diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma which is a very aggressive stage 4 brain cancer, in January 2022. She underwent 30 rounds of radiation therapy and underwent brain surgery to place a shunt at because of the fluid on his brain.

Prior to her diagnosis, Lakelyn enjoyed dancing, gymnastics and camping.

The Women’s League All-Star Game was played at 1 p.m., before the Cuties arrived, then the Cuties Parade began at 4 p.m.

Clements Cuties Hosts 10th Annual Softball Game for Local Kids Battling Cancer

Along with the game there was food, drink, ice cream, raffles, live auctions, 50/50 and live entertainment including Donald Quade and the Revival Band. The band performed after the match at the Back Road Inn Pavillion.

Clements Cuties estimates they raised $32,000 in funds for the five kids from the softball game alone, according to Ryce. The foundation will also organize a golf tournament on October 28.

Clements Cuties Hosts 10th Annual Softball Game for Local Kids Battling Cancer

For those who don’t know, a group of male softball players who dressed as women and played softball games for charity in the 1970s formed the Clements Cuties.

The foundation is often known for offering scholarships to sick children. The annual softball game mimicked the original game that launched the foundation, but the men faced women over the age of 30 as opponents.

For more information on Clements Cuties, check out their website by clicking here.

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