Tyler community hits cancer out of the park
POSTED: Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 10:43pm
UPDATED: Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 10:44pm
Tyler, TX (KETK) — Jackie Adams is a fighter, but cancer is a battle she is not having to go through alone. The Tyler community helped her hit cancer out of the park. Softball and Jackie brought the Tyler community together Saturday.
"It really shows how much my community stands behind people that need it," said Adams.
The single mom of five is battling breast cancer for the third time. She said her church, faith, family and community offer support.
"It gives me the courage and the strength that I need to get through the treatments and just get up and do what I need to do everyday," said Adams.
Casey Bixby was so moved by her faith that she decided to start the softball tournament to raise money for the Adams family.
"God speaks to you, and he puts you in that position for a reason. This is my reason, and this is my position," said Bixby.
This year they hope to raise more than $16,000. Proceeds will go toward the expensive cancer treatments.
"It's a huge help for my family. To be here for me and my children is the most amazing thing...and to know that I have all these people behind me and supporting me...it's unreal," said Adams.
There was a huge turnout from the East Texas community. Last year, 500-700 people attended. This year, over 1,000 people came to support Adams.
"There's no way I could ever repay what they were able to put together and do for my family. I would do anything I could to repay them for their kindness," said Adams.
The community said they were just happy to help.
"We're gonna help Jackie stay alive, and no matter her situation we'll still do this for her and her kids," said Bixby.
The tournament was held in Lindsey park all day Saturday. Find out how to donate on the Jackie Adams Fight Until Victory Facebook page.