Volleyball Tournament in Honor of Cancer Survivor


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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