Volleyball Tournament in Honor of Cancer Survivor

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Some morning rain turned a sand volleyball tournament into a mud volleyball tournament in some spots on the court. Rain or shine, sand or mud, dozens of teams came out in support of a little girl who beat cancer.

At just three years old, Maddy Cunningham was diagnosed with a brain tumor. After a two year battle, doctors declared her cancer free.

She’s now eleven, and a volleyball tournament in her honor was played for the seventh time Saturday at The Sands in West Des Moines.

All proceeds from the tournament are donated to Children’s Cancer Connection.

It’s a local organization that supports cancer families with summer camps for children, siblings, and their parents.

“It’s been so gratifying what the tournament can do for Children’s Cancer Connection and the services they provide to kids and their families. It’s irreplaceable. If they didn’t have the funding, they couldn’t do all the things they did for our family and others,” said Maddie’s mother, Jennifer Cunningham.

The tournament raised $75,000 dollars in its first six years.

Organizers hoped to crack the $100,000 dollar mark after this year’s event.

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  • Dee Ervasti

    I would like to extend a HUGE thank you to WHO News and especially Erik Wheater for giving extensive coverage to the Maddy Cunningham Classic. Our family has been so blessed to be able to say that Maddy is a cancer survivor. Other families have not been so lucky. The services of Children’s Cancer Connection to children, their siblings and parents is invaluable to families. Battling cancer is excruciating at best, but when it’s your child or grandchild or sibling, the emotional toll is overwhelming . To have CCC walking the journey with families during and after cancer treatment gives much needed support, hope, and yes, even fun.

    Thanks again for airing the volleyball segment multiple times this weekend

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