The second Mangat Family Softball Memorial Tournament raised just over $6,000 for an Aldergrove family whose two-year-old son is battling cancer.
Held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27 and 28 at Philip Jackman Park in Aldergrove, the fundraiser assisted Melanie Arsenault, and Jared Skocylas, and their son Daxton, who was diagnosed with Hepatablastoma, a rare form of liver cancer shortly after he turned two.
All three were present at the 14-team tournament.
Daxton’s name, which means “warrior to who conquers great obstacles,” is a fighter who was had to overcome a lot in his young life.
He was born prematurely at 23 weeks, in April 2020, weighing just 580 grams (1.28 pounds), and spent his first 141 days of life in a neonatal intensive care unit.
Grateful dad Jared called the community response “absolutely amazing.”
“We really wouldn’t have made it through everything if it wasn’t for the community support,” he said.
“It means the world to us.”
Jared, who confessed to being a bit rusty, took part in the tournament, playing right field for the Country Lumber “Got Wood” team that finished first in the B Division.
“I haven’t played baseball in a while,” he said.
Jodi Mangat and her family have been holding fundraisers since 2015, to honour the memory of her mother Surjit Dhillon, who passed away of pancreatic cancer at age 72 in 2014, with funds raised going to B.C. Cancer and individual families.
They began by organizing poker nights at the Royal Canadian Legion Aldergrove branch (most recently in June).
“I just want to thank all of the sponsors for their support and for making it happen,” Mangat told the Langley Advance Times.
She is looking forward to holding a third fundraising tournament next year.
“One hundred per cent,” she commented.
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